by George J. Dance


William Talbot Anderson (1874-1941) in Canadian Singers and their Songs, 1919. Courtesy Internet Archive.

William Talbot Allison (December 20, 1874[1] - February 4, 1941) was a Canadian poet, academic, and cleric.[2]


Allison was born in Unionville, Ontario, the son of Mary Ann (Forfar) (1851-1910) and Thomas Read Allison (1850-1939).[1]

He was educated at Harbord Collegiate, Toronto (where he edited the school paper, the Harbord Review); the University of Toronto; and Yale University.[2]

After graduating, Allison worked as a journalist for the Toronto News and Toronto Star. He served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Stayner, Ontario, until 1910 (when he was appointed to Wesley College). In 1920 he joined the University of Manitoba as an assistant professor.[2]

Allison worked as a literary columnist for the Winnipeg Telegram and Montreal Daily Star, and as literary editor of the Winnipeg Tribune, as well as syndicating a weekly book review feature to several leading Canadian newspapers.[2]

He married Annie Josephine Cunard (Dawson). The couple had 3 children: Frederick Gerard Allison, Gerald Carlisle Allison, and Mrs. Colin Ashdown.[2]

He was a founder of the Canadian Authors Association, and an early Canadian educator to use radio, lecturing over CKY as early as 1924.[2]

He died in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[2]


3 of his poems – "O Amber Day," "The Cry of the Romanticist," and "A Galley Slave of Sidon" – were included by William Wilfred Campbell in the Oxford Book of Canadian Verse, 1918.[3]




  • The Bi-lingual Schools of Ontario: Summary of conditions. Toronto: Sentinel, 1910.
  • John Galt: Novelist and empire builder. Toronto: 1911.
  • Romance and Adventure in the Great North, 1670-1920. Winnipeg: 1920.
  • The History of Journalism: Being a lecture delivered August 9, 1921 to the Conference of Western Journalists at the Manitoba Agricultural College, Winnipeg. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Department of Agriculture, 1921.
  • Bolshevism in English Literature. Winnipeg. MB: University of Manitoba, 1921.
  • This for Remembrance. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1949.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 William Talbot Allison (1874-1941), Web, Mar. 26, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Gordon Goldsborough, Memorable Manitobans: William Talbot Anderson (1874-1941), Manitoba Historical Society, June 17, 2013. Web, Oct. 12, 2013.
  3. Contents, Oxford Book of Canadian Verse (edited by William Wilfred Campbell). Toronto & New York: Oxford University Press, 1913., Web, Oct. 12, 2013.
  4. Search results = au:William Talbot Allison, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Oct. 12, 2013.

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