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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Hawley Speers (1908-2008)


Born at Alexander on 18 February 1908, daughter of Adam Speers (1868-1950) and Jane Barton Hawley (1876-1972), she attended Alexander School, Brandon College, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Manitoba, receiving BA and BEd degrees. Her long teaching career began at schools at Ravenscrag and Scotsguard, Saskatchewan. She was later the Principal of Basswood School (1935-1941), Newdale School (1941-1942), and Miniota School (1942-1943). She then moved to Winnipeg where she taught successively at the Rupertsland Girls’ School, Cecil Rhodes School, River Heights School, and Kelvin High School. She died at Winnipeg on 26 September 2008 and was buried at Brandon.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 2008, page 30.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 September 2014

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