Wolseley, Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount, 1833-1913, British field marshal. He fought in Burma (present-day Myanmar; 1852-53), the Crimea (1854-56), India (1857-58), and China (1860), and was an observer in the American Civil War. Later he went to Canada as commander of the Red River expedition (1870), and suppressed the rebellion led by Louis Riel at Fort Garry. After conducting the Ashanti campaign (1873-74), he served as high commissioner of Cyprus (1878) and as an administrator in South Africa (1879-80). His most famous achievements were the brilliant defeat of Arabi Pasha, leader of an Egyptian army revolt, at Tell el Kebir in 1882 and his attempt to relieve General Charles G. Gordon at Khartoum (1884-85), for which he was made a viscount. A tireless advocate of army reform, he became (1871) assistant adjutant general at the war office and worked with Viscount Cardwell to achieve shorter periods of enlistment, abolition of the purchase of commissions, and the creation of an army reserve. As quartermaster general (1880-82), adjutant general (1882-90), commander in chief for Ireland (1890-95), and commander in chief of the army (1895-1901), he continued to press for reform and was responsible for the modernization of training and equipment. He wrote The Story of a Soldier's Life (1903).

See his The American Civil War: An English View, ed. by J. A. Rawley (1964); his Khartoum journal, In Relief of Gordon (1967), his South African diaries (1971) and journals (1973), all three ed. by A. Preston; biography by J. H. Lehmann (1964); L. Maxwell, The Ashanti Ring (1985).

Wolseley is a small yet vibrant town, in southeast Saskatchewan, Canada, approximately 100 km east of Regina on the Trans-Canada Highway. It has two schools, Dr. Isman Elementary School and Wolseley High School. It is home to 4 different restaurants. The recently rebuilt "swinging bridge", has been a feature of Wolseley since 1905. It has a twelve bed hospital, an eighty bed nursing home, and two resident doctors. There are four churches: United Church of Canada (resident clergy); Roman Catholic; Pentecostal/Full Gospel and Lutheran. The town is served by three weekly newspapers: The Wolseley Bulletin, The Indian Head-Wolseley News, and the Grenfell Sun. The FM travel radio station, CISE, 93.1, is based out of Wolseley.

Wolseley has a modern artificial ice arena, a curling rink, and a fine nine hole golf course and a public swimming beach which is located on the shore of Fairly Lake, the town's most distinguishing feature. This body of water was formed when the Canadian Pacific Railway dammed a creek in order to obtain a water supply for its steam engines. The town was voted one of Canada's prettiest, most historic towns by Harrowsmith Country Life magazine.

The town is home to two agriculture-based businesses: West Central Pelleting (specialized cattle feeds) and Natural Valley Farms (meat processing plant specializing in horse meat)

Wolseley has many heritage properties. The Provincial Court House building was constructed in 1893 and is the oldest surviving Court House building in the province. The Town Hall/Opera House, built in 1906, is a classic building and is used for many community events. Canada's very first Beaver Lumber, was opened in Wolseley by co-founder E.A. Banbury. Beaver Lumber is now protected by Heritage status. The Banbury House Inn, which was originally built in 1905 as the private home for E.A. Banbury. From its original location on the north bank of Fairly Lake, the home was moved to the west end of Wolseley to allow expansion of Lakeside Care Home in the 1980's. The Banbury House Inn now serves as a bed and breakfast.

Two private residences are also on the Canadian List of Historic Places - The first being 206 Front Street Known as the Perley Residence, this two story brick house was the home of several prominent Wolseley residents including the very first miller in town, as well as A.A. Perley. The home of Wolseley's first mayor, R.A. Magee, immediately south of the Town Hall/Opera House is another heritage property. It is still a private residence.

Wolseley is one of only a few thriving towns on the Canadian Prairie. With a population approaching 800, it is home to a thriving arts community and in the downtown area there is an art gallery which is the meeting place of the Wolseley Writers Group , the Wolseley Photography Club, and the Ellisboro Artisans Guild


North: Ellisboro
West: Sintaluta Wolseley East: Summerberry
South: Candiac


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