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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Evans Young (1861-1911)

Surveyor.

Born in Georgetown, Halton County, Canada West, in 1861. He married Winnifred Frances Lawe, of Dunnville, Ontario, in 1887, and they had four daughters. He studied surveying with Evans and Bolger in Belleville, Ontario. He came west as a land surveyor in the late 1870s and was responsible for the re-survey of Winnipeg under the Torrens system. He also surveyed and mapped the old trails of Manitoba. He served with the 90th Rifles in the North-West Rebellion. In 1902 he was appointed Superintendent of Railway Lands for the federal government and in 1910 became Chief Geographer of Canada. He was an amateur photographer and the author of several publications, including Canada’s Fertile Northland (1909).

Young died in Ottawa, 24 October 1911.

Sources:

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

Page revised: 30 December 2008

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