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 coming to Brandon. Here he designed the Brandon Arena, the largest indoor arena in Canada in its day, along with buildings elsewhere in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. On 21 March 1908 he married Mary Clarke, daughter of John and Isabelle Clarke of Ednam Kelso, Scotland. He died at Brandon on 19 December 1913 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“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.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.
We thank Keith Davies Jones for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 April 2023