Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Sinclair (1877-1913)
Born at Edinburgh, Scotland on 20 January 1877, he was educated there and at the University of Edinburgh. He served an architectural apprenticeship in Scotland before moving to Brandon. There he designed the largest indoor arena in Canada at the time, along with buildings elsewhere in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
On 21 March 1908, he married Mary Clarke (1882-?), daughter of John and Isabelle Clarke of Ednam Kelso, Scotland. They had no children. He died at Brandon on 19 December 1913 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration [Thomas Sinclair], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“St. Michael’s day celebrated,” Brandon Sun, 7 October 1909, page 19.
“Brandon firm given contract,” Brandon Sun, 1 June 1911, page 2.
“Bright young Brandon architect dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 December 1913, page 13.
“Shepley Construction Company erect handsome building at Brandon,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 February 1914, page 11.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.
We thank Keith Davies Jones and Robert Hill for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 September 2023