Memorable Manitobans: Alys Danton Hunter “Alice” Robertson (1912-1995)
Educator, community activist.
Born at Londonderry, Northern Ireland on 16 January 1912, daughter of George Hunter and Emily Bond, she accompanied her parents to Canada in the summer of 1912. She lived at Brandon briefly before moving to Deloraine where she attended Deloraine School and received the Governor General’s Medal. She graduated from Brandon College with a BA degree (1933) and attended the Ontario College of Education (1934). She began a career in education as the Principal of Tilston School (1934-1935) after which she taught at Shoal Lake Collegiate (1935-1939).
In 1939, she married Daniel Melvin “Mel” Robertson (1907-1991) and had two children. Living in Winnipeg, she was a school for the Winnipeg School Division (1957-1962) and served as Chair of the Manitoba Education Week, President of the Manitoba Council of Women (1972), Vice-President of the National Council of Women, life member of the Council of Women, and was appointed to the Canadian Council for Rural Development. She was a member of the Parish of St. Patrick and St. Jude Anglican Church of Canada and a founder of the Altrusa Library Service for Shut-Ins.
She died at Winnipeg on 17 October 1995.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“Twelve candidates seeking 7 seats on school board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 1956, page 10.
“Won’t run again,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1962, page 3.
“Women oppose proposed succession tax,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 February 1972, page 13.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1991, page 16.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 1995, page 44.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 21 September 2014