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Historian Harry Shave gives two versions of the name’s origin.In one, it is named for the wife of early land surveyor George Mc Phillips. Rudnyckyj suggested the street is named for pioneer Samuel Forrest.Named for Victor Christian William Cavendish, Ninth Duke of Devonshire (1868-1938), who served as Governor General of Canada from 1916 to 1921.Other Winnipeg street commemorating Governors General include Aberdeen Avenue, Athlone Drive, Byng Place, Dufferin Avenue, Grey Street, Lansdowne Avenue, Leger Crescent, Lisgar Avenue, Lorne Avenue, Minto Street, Monck Avenue, Stanley Street, Tweedsmuir Road, Vanier Drive, and Vincent Massey Boulevard.Named for Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, First Marquess of Dufferin (1826-1902), who visited Winnipeg during his tenure as Canadian Governor General from 1872 to 1878.
Named for Annabella Duff, a young girl who lived at Higgins and Annabella Streets.Named for Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Other Winnipeg streets commemorating academic institutions include Bishops Lane, Cambridge Street, Harvard Avenue, Laval Drive, Macalester Bay, Mc Gill Avenue, Mount Allison Bay, Oxford Street, Purdue Bay, Rutgers Bay, Ryerson Avenue, Selwyn Place, Yale Avenue, and others.See also Carlton, Edmonton, Ellice, Garry, Qu’Appelle, York. The basis for this conclusion is unclear, as Fraser, who homesteaded near Manitou, appeared not to have a connection with Winnipeg warranting commemoration.Named for the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post Fort Garry which, in turn, was named for Nicholas Garry (c1782-1856), a director of the company.
Named for Edgar Dewdney (1835-1916), who served as Indian Commissioner and Lieutenant-Governor of the North West Territories, before parts were partitioned off as Saskatchewan and Alberta in 1905.