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Memorable Manitobans: Harvey Newton Streight (1887-1960)

Lawyer, soldier.

Born at Kemptville, Ontario in 1887, he came to Winnipeg in 1904. During the First World War, he enlisted as a Private in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, and serving at St. Eloi, Santuary Wood, The Somme, and Ypres.

On his return from military service, he article in law with the firm of Aikins, Fullerton and Company, and with A. K. Dysart. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1922. He was appointed Lecturer of the Manitoba Law School in 1930 and became Recorder of the school in 1945. Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, he became a Lieutenant Colonel and served for a time as Commanding Officer of the Winnipeg Grenadiers reserve unit and, in 1940, he rejoined the army, first serving as District Judge Advocate General at the headquarters of Military District 10. Late in 1941, he went to Ottawa and became Director of Prisoners of War, a post he held until his military discharge in 1945. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1955. He was President of the Conservative Party of Manitoba from 1934 to 1938.

He died at Winnipeg on 2 June 1960 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.


“Prominent Conservative heads QC list,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 December 1954, page 7.

“Veteran lawyer, soldier, Col. Harvey Streight dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 30]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2019

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