Kavanagh, Martin

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Kavanagh, Martin

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Martin Kavanagh was born in County Wicklow, Ireland in 1895. He grew up in Ireland and was educated at Annacura, Wexford, Dublin, and London. In 1923 he immigrated to Manitoba. Kavanagh served as principal of Tummel Consolidated School from 1923-1924; principal of Greenridge School from 1924-1926; and as principal of Treherne High School from 1927-1929. From 1929-1963 he taught Latin and commercial geography at Brandon Collegiate. In addition to his administrative and teaching roles in the education system, Kavanagh was also a historical researcher and writer. In 1946 he wrote The Assiniboine Basin: A Study of Discovery, Exploration and Settlement. In 1967 he wrote La Verendrye – His Life and Times. The Manitoba Historical Society presented Kavanagh with the Margaret McWilliams Medal and the Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970) for his contribution to the study of Western Canadian history. In his retirement, Kavanagh established a scholarship to encourage the study of explorer La Verendrye at St.Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. In 1984 he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt. Along with his research, Kavanagh collected photographs and textual documents pertaining to the history of Manitoba. The contents of this collection contain items collected by Martin Kavanagh. He died in 1987.


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