NAFOW Calgary 2016

NAFOW Calgary 2016

Welsh Heritage in Calgary: Leonard Brockington

Mr Leonard Brockington, born in Cardiff, emigrated to Edmonton in 1912 and in 1915 settled in Calgary. While he was a clerk in the land titles office in Calgary he studied law in his off-hours and later graduated with the gold medal from the Alberta Law Society. He joined the law firm of Senator James Lougheed and RB Bennett [Bennett later became Prime Minister of Canada]. In 1921 Brockington became city solicitor for Calgary. He was active in theatre and music in Calgary and Alberta, adjudicating various competitions in music and drama. He gained a reputation as a story-teller and was sought after as guest speaker because of his brilliant wit and dynamic speeches. He was president of the St. David’s Society in Calgary at this time. In 1939, Prime Minister MacKenzie King appointed him Advisor to the War Cabinet. Later he became War Correspondent in Britain. At his death at the age of 78, he was rector of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.   Reference: Welsh Heritage in Calgary: Betty Evans

One Comment to Welsh Heritage in Calgary: Leonard Brockington

  1. What an eminent career Leonard Brockington had!

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