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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Thomas Simpson Plaque (Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg)

This plaque in St. John’s Park near the corner of Anderson Avenue and St. Cross Street was unveiled in 1939 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. It commemorates Thomas Simpson. Born in Scotland, Simpson became, in 1829, secretary to Sir George Simpson. In 1837, with Peter Warren Dease, he led an expedition down the Mackenzie River and along the Arctic coast to Point Barrow and back to winter at Fort Confidence. The party descended the Coppermine River in 1838 and again in 1839, exploring the coast between Point Turnagain and the Back estuary. Through, Simpson displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, skill, and courage. Having set out from Fort Garry to visit England, he died, in what is now Minnesota, of a gunshot wound in 1840.

Thomas Simpson commemorative plaque

Thomas Simpson commemorative plaque (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91979, W97.12532
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2019

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