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Memorable Manitobans: William Robert Douglas Sutherland (1858-1909)


Born in Kildonan on 24 November 1858, son of John Sutherland and Janet Macbeth (?-?), he received his education at Manitoba College then went to Toronto where he graduated from Victoria Medical School. He returned to Winnipeg in 1880. He was the only native-born of the founders of the Manitoba Medical College, and he lectured there on medical jurisprudence from 1884 to 1888. He was later appointed surgeon at the Stony Mountain Penitentiary, a position he held for fifteen years, resigning to resume private practice in the Fort Rouge area of Winnipeg.

On 20 June 1882, he married Jane Eleanor Richardson (1860-1944), daughter of James Henry Richardson of Toronto and sister of Robert Dennis Richardson and Charles Skirving Richardson. They had eight children: Mary Irene Sutherland (1884-1969, wife of George F. Stephens), Eleanor Fraser Sutherland (1887-?, wife of Edward Holt Gurney), Jemima Myrna Beatrice Sutherland (1889-?, wife of Ernest Beckendike Eadie), William Robert Douglas Sutherland (1891-1891), Catherine McPherson Sutherland (1893-?, wife of Douglas Upton Cameron and William Alan McGregor), James Henry Richardson Sutherland (1895-1920), Alexander MacBeth Sutherland (1897-1918), and Charles Grant Sutherland (1900-?).

He died at his Winnipeg home, 373 River Avenue, on 27 June 1909 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Two pioneers are summoned,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 June 1909, page 1.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Holly Adams, Chloe Clark, and Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 November 2020

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