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Memorable Manitobans: William John Warters (1864-1925)

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William John Warters
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School director.

Born at Broadway, Staffordshire, England on 6 May 1864, he began teaching at the age of 18, in schools of Birmingham, advancing to the position of Assistant Principal. In this position, he became involve in the introduction of manual training in British schools.

When, in 1900, Sir William Macdonald donated a large sum of money to enable schools in large Canadian cities to introduce manual training into their curriculum, Warters was selected to come to Winnipeg, where he served as Director of Technical Education in Winnipeg public schools from 1900 to 1925. In 1913, Warters equipped the technical department of the Kelvin High School and the St. John’s Technical High School.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 601 Stradbrook Avenue, on 22 October 1925 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“W. J. Warter, veteran educationist, passes”, Manitoba Free Press, 23 October 1925, page 1.

“Insp. Willows succumbs to sudden attack”, newspaper clipping dated 7 November 1925. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

“School Board attend funeral of W. T. Warters”, undated newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 October 2020

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