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1/2/2009 1:45:16 PM
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Re: naming the sledding hill

Is there a history to the naming of the new sledding area on the north hill? It is called according to the Brandon Sun “Hanbury Hill”. As I understand it the naming was on a public input basis, school kids or something. It would have been nice (and perhaps I missed the explanation) to have had some sort of write-up as to the opting for the chosen name, some history in other words. I think Hanbury was the name of a ….furniture manufacturer, lumber mill or woollen mill in Brandon’s earlier days, which one, Robert, I’m sure you know. Is that the reasoning behind the name?  


1/2/2009 2:22:45 PM
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from my understanding - the hill is located just off of Hanbury Place (a street on the north hill), hence Hanbury Hill - a no brainer there!!  
It would have been nice to hear some of the other names that were up for the hill.


1/2/2009 3:03:07 PM
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there was

a news report on CKX about Hanbury being involved in building Brandon in its early years and that is where the name came from. it was suggested by a number of entrants in the contest to name the hill, possibly got the most? suggestions.

Trevor B

1/2/2009 4:49:11 PM
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John Hanbury was instrumental in a lot of the buildings in Brandon. Sounds like the kids live on Hanbury.


1/2/2009 5:28:06 PM
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I guess this

Roger said "from my understanding - the hill is located just off of Hanbury Place (a street on the north hill), hence Hanbury Hill - a no brainer there!!  
It would have been nice to hear some of the other names that were up for the hill."

is who the hill got it's name from including "place"


1/2/2009 5:35:01 PM
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Try this, sorry

John Hanbury (1855-1928)  
Manufacturer, lumberman.  
Born at Markdale, Ontario on 12 June 1855, son of William Hanbury and Jane Whitby, he left home at the age of 10 years, farmed for five years then learned the trade of plasterer, mason and bricklayer. He later went into the contracting business. He moved to Brandon, Manitoba in January 1882 and resumed his the contracting business, being responsible for construction of the post office, the merchants block, the Langham Hotel, the General Hospital and many other buildings in Brandon. He continued this work until 1892 when he began the Hanbury Manufacturing Company, specializing in doors, windows and other house fixtures. In 1898 he purchased the assets of the Assiniboine Lumber Company, including a saw mill at Brandon and timber-cutting rights in the Duck Mountains. At one point, he employed two hundred men, and established mills at Cranbrook, Elko and Van Couser, BC. In 1901 he organized the Manitoba Hardware & Lumber Company, with himself as President, head office at Brandon, and branches at Hamiota, Miniota, Virden and Reston.  
In 1880 he married Martha Miles of Ospera, Ontario. They had eight children: Martha Hanbury (wife of A. B. Fleming), Edgar John Hanbury, George Richmond Hanbury, Wilfred Hanbury, Ella May Hanbury, Lawrence Martin Hanbury, Edith Hanbury, and Mary Victoria Hanbury. His wife died in 1898 and, the next year, he married Minnie Isbister. He was a Mason, a member of the Brandon Board of Trade, the Hospital Board, and served on the Brandon city council. His Brandon home, building around 1908 at the corner of Fifth Street and Lorne Avenue, was described at the time as being the finest frame house in Manitoba.  
He moved to Vancouver, BC in 1910. He died at Point Grey, BC on 3 April 1928.  
A History of Manitoba: It's Resources and People


1/2/2009 6:36:58 PM
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Naming the hill

There was a contest open to all students in the BRandon School Div to name the hill..did I miss the announcement of who won the contest and what school the student goes would have been nice to see the winner in the local paper..

Robert Booth

1/2/2009 7:14:10 PM
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I mentioned Mr. Hanbury

in my December 31st post about gambling in Brandon  
I thought that because the Contractors Association donated their time constructing the hill that they picked the name.

Truck Chick

1/2/2009 9:49:42 PM
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my friend's kid and his friend's little sister came up with the name...and yes, it's named after Hanbury Place, the street it connects to. :-)


1/22/2009 4:33:01 PM
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More on John Hanbury

Some more information on John Hanbury.  
I am his great grandson. I live in Vancouver. My grandfather Lawrence Hanbury was born in Brandon in July 1893  
I have researched the Hanbury family extensively over the past year. I would be interested in seeing photographs of any of the many buildings that John built.  
There are many descendants of John Hanbury living throughout BC.  


2/5/2009 7:56:47 PM
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I am sure there is lots of on file pictures you can get from on line searches. The post office he built is well maintained and is the current Chamber of commerce buildings. If I am not mistaken the owner/operator and tech guru of his site works there.  
If you want or need a on the ground picture taker Count myself in. Email is fast. Just send a quick Pm and I would just upload them to the E brandon site or email them your way! Most of those buildings are toast but I have good line on "historical photos"  

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