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William Franklin Wymark “Bill” Neville

Political scientist, historian, municipal official.

Born at Winnipeg on 15 September 1940, he attended the University of Manitoba, serving as President of the Students’ Union (1961) and received a BA degree (1963) then he received a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University in England, where he obtained BA (1966) and MA (1971) degrees. For several years, he taught Politics and History at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario) before returning to Manitoba as Chief of Staff for Sidney Spivak. He returned to academe in 1975, working as an Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. He ran for a seat on the Winnipeg city council in 1979 and served until withdrawing from municipal politics in 1989. He served as Chair of the Manitoba Heritage Council (1990-2001) and Manitoba member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. In recognition of his involvement in heritage issues in Winnipeg, he received two commendations from Heritage Winnipeg and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Review: ‘The New Mayor’: Three Views of the Film
Manitoba History, Number 5, 1983

Review: Duff Roblin, Speaking for Myself: Politics and Other Pursuits
Manitoba History, Number 40, Autumn/Winter 2000-2001


William Neville Fonds, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2019

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