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Memorable Manitobans: James Worswick (1878-?)

Building contractor.

Born in England in May 1878, he came to Canada in 1904 along with his wife Elizabeth and two young daughters, Gladys and Constance. They resided at Winnipeg, living at 123 Hart Avenue in Elmwood, and he worked as a building contractor, stonemason, and bricklayer in partnership with his brother George in the firm of Worswick Brothers. In 1913, they were directors of a new company, in partnership with William J. Long and Sydney Long, that developed a lime quarry near Inwood. In 1909 and 1915, he stood for election to the Winnipeg city council but was defeated both times. His whereabouts after 1916 are unknown.

Some of his building work in Manitoba included:





Norquay School (addition)

Lusted Avenue, Winnipeg


Demolished (c1956)

Lord Selkirk School No. 2

Brazier Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (1970s)

Metallic Roofing Company Warehouse

816 Winnipeg Avenue, Winnipeg



St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church

Munroe Avenue, Winnipeg



George V School

265 Grey Street, Winnipeg



Luxton School (addition)

111 Polson Avenue, Winnipeg



Basswood Consolidated School No. 1252

Basswood, RM of Saskatchewan


Demolished (?)

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Worswick House (123 Hart Avenue, Winnipeg)


1906 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

“Civic election probabilities,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 October 1909, page 15.

“$29,000 alterations to Norquay School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 July 1911, page 8.

“Accept Worswick tender for Lord Selkirk School,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 June 1912, page 28.

“Warehouse for Winnipeg Avenue,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 July 1913, page 4.

“Five and a quarter millions of capital,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 September 1913, page 13.

“Contract let for new church,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 July 1914, page 12.

“A public meeting,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 December 1915, page 5.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Eric De Schepper.

Page revised: 31 March 2021

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