Memorable Manitobans: Cyril William Upton Chivers (1879-1969)
Architect, war hero.
Born at Chislehurst, Kent, England on 11 April 1879, he came to Winnipeg in 1898 and worked with the Engineering Department of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He helped to survey many of the railway lines from Winnipeg to the West Coast. In 1906 he left the railway to work as an architect. During the First World War he served overseas with the First Canadian Mounted Rifles and rose to the rank of Brigade Major with the Ninth Canadian Infantry Brigade. He was decorated with the DSO and MC and was mentioned in despatches. On returning to Winnipeg after the war he formed the architectural partnership of Northwood and Chivers.
On 30 January 1907, he married Frances Anna Simpson (1882-1972), daughter of F. G. Simpson. They had three children: John A. Chivers, Margaret “Marmie” Chivers (1911-?), and Cyril Douglas “Bung” Chivers (1912-2004). He was a Charter Member and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Honorary Life Member (and President, 1928) of the Manitoba Association of Architects, Life Member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a Life Member of the Manitoba Club.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1969.
We thank Nathan Kramer and Doug Chivers for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 February 2019
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