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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Norquay (1843-1892)

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Thomas Norquay
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Farmer, educator, MLA (1890-1892).

Born at St. Andrews on 26 January 1843, son of John Norquay and Isabella Truthwaite, younger brother to John Norquay, he was educated at the local parish school and St. John’s College. For nine years he farmed and taught school. In 1866, he married Elizabeth Miller (1846-?), daughter of Robert Miller of Caithness, Scotland. They had six children: Rose M. Norquay (1877-?), Alice Norquay (1879-?), William A. Norquay (1879-?), Jacob T. Norquay, Lawrence Percival Norquay (1886-?), and John Norquay (1889-?). He served as a councillor and was Reeve of the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at a by-election in February 1890 called after his brother’s death. He died at Winnipeg on 9 June 1892, as a result of a railway accident shortly before the 1892 provincial general election, and was buried in the St. Matthew’s Anglican Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“T. Norquay badly hurt,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 June 1892, page 8.

“Death of T. Norquay, M.P.P.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 June 1892, page 5.

“Mr. Norquay killed,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 June 1892, page 2.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 August 2020

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