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Memorable Manitobans: Philip Turnor (c1751-c1800)

Fur trader, surveyor.

Originally a Middlesex farmer, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1778 and served at York Factory as a surveyor. He was ordered to map the route to Cumberland House, and in 1780 he surveyed the route from Albany House to Henley House and Gloucester House. He was in charge of Brunswick House in 1782, and he established a new post at Abitibi in 1784. The HBC paid him 20 guineas for his maps in 1788. He taught surveying to Peter Fidler and David Thompson in 1789-90 at Cumberland House. After his retirement he taught navigation.

More information:

Philip Turnor, Dictionary of Canadian Biography IV, 741-42.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 29 April 2008

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