Kenneth McKenzie Diary: 1869-1870

Author: Joyce McLean

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After farming in Ontario, Canada, for over 20 years, Kenneth McKenzie, an immigrant from Inverness-shire, Scotland, travelled from Guelph, Ontario to Burnside, west of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, several times from 1867 to 1870, establishing one of the first farms in the area.

The Diary covers four of these trips and the work that went into establishing a home and farm at Burnside. This was at a crossroads in history with first a provisional government lead by Louis Riel, and then the establishment of the Manitoba Government in 1870.

Joyce McLean is the great-great granddaughter of Kenneth McKenzie, one of the earlier settlers to Manitoba, Canada, during the formative years of the province and indeed Canada as a country. She grew up on the farm that was passed down from generation to generation within the McKenzie family. In transcribing the journal of Kenneth McKenzie, she wanted to make this firsthand description of life at the dawning of the country accessible to current family members and those to come, as well as any others fascinated with history.

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Pages: 88 | Trim Size: 8.5x11

Genre: Biography

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