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Memorable Manitobans: Walter C. Newman (1912-1977)


Born at Okotoks, Alberta on 4 January 1912, he came to Winnipeg at an early age and was educated at the Manitoba Law School. He articled with Alexander McDonald and with the firm of McArthur and Evans, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in April 1940, while serving overseas with the Canadian Army during the Second World War. He practiced law with the firm of Swail, White, and Newman and later Newman, MacLean, and Associates. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1960. He was a lawyer for the Manitoba Development Corporation during the Churchill Forest Industries (CFI) negotiations and, in 1976, wrote the book What Happened When Dr. Kasser Came to Northern Manitoba about his experiences. He was cleared of any personal wrongdoing in the affair. In late 1940, he married nurse Jean Machray (1907-1998), daughter of John A. Machray and Emily Florence Drewry (1879-1960), and they had three children. He served as President (1969-1970) and Life Bencher (1970-1977) of the Law Society of Manitoba. He died at his Winnipeg home on 18 December 1977.


“Artillery officer is called to bar,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 April 1940, page 4.

“Nine Manitoba lawyers named Queen’s counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1960, page 32.

“Author of book on CFI dies in Winnipeg at 65,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 1977, page 125.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1977, page 99.

Obituary [Jean Machray Newman], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 1998, page 42.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 May 2019

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