Memorable Manitobans: Caroline “Carrie” “Parkie” Parkinson (1874-1962)
Born at Kemptville, Ontario on 19 July 1874, daughter of Isabelle Buchanan (1850-?) and Alex Parkinson (1845-?), she taught school in Ontario before relocating to Manitoba by 1906, where she resided in Brandon and managed a company selling a home remedy for women. By 1909, she joined the Brandon School District, as a teacher at Alexandra School (1909-1910) and Park School (1910-1911), and was Principal of King George School (1911-1921) and David Livingstone School (1921-1922).
Following the Brandon Ultimatum, her employment contract with the Brandon School District was terminated. She moved to the Fort Garry School District to become Principal of General Steele School (1922-1923), after which she settled in Winnipeg and taught at Norwood Collegiate Institute into the 1940s, from which she retired. She was Secretary (1932-1934) and first female President (1935-1936) of the Manitoba Teachers’ Association, member of the University Women’s Club, and was honoured in absentia at the 50th anniversary of King George School. At the time of her death, she resided in Suite 22 of the Greysolon Apartments.
She died unmarried at the Grace Hospital on 19 April 1962 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
1901 & 1906 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
“Viavi,” Brandon Sun, 17 March 1904, page 31.
“Nineteen new teachers for schools staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 14 June 1921, page 5.
“Around town [An event of special interest ...],” Brandon Daily Sun, 25 June 1921, page 5.
“Sketch staged by girls club in Ruthenian Hall,” Brandon Daily Sun, 21 December 1921, page 20.
“Studies in Brandon schools disrupted,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 May 1922, page 7.
“D. B. Moorhead is elected to head Teachers’ Assn.” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1933, page 7.
“Citizens of future” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1941, page 5.
[Photo caption; These feachers are active in the sessions ...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 April 1952, page 17.
Obituary, Brandon Sun, 4 May 1962, page 15.
Jackson family tree, Ancestry.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
We thank Gordon Goldsborough and Sheri Bailey (Brandon Teachers' Association) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 2 May 2022