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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas “Tom” Lamb (1898-1969)


Born in Grand Rapids, Manitoba, he was educated by father, an English ex-Guardsman. He was a mechanic on flying boats in 1921-22, and he hauled the first whitefish from Manitoba to market by air in 1932. He became Manitoba’s first flying trapper and the founder of Lamb Air. He was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award in 1962 and he received an honorary law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1968. He was sometimes called “Mr. North.”

Father of J. A. Lamb.

His “Reminiscences of Grand Rapids and The Pas, 1892-1967,” as well as his papers, are in the Archives of Manitoba.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 18 October 2009

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