Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Jens Munk at Churchill
Field Trip:

Manitoba History No. 90

No. 90

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Thomas M. Harrington (1848-1937)

Building contractor.

Born in Montreal, Quebec on 3 January 1848, he attended country schools in Maryboro County, Ontario. At the age of 16 he took up the carriage-making trade until 1888, when he came to Manitoba. He worked as a general contractor in Winnipeg until 1893 then went to Brandon and continued work in this area. By 1906, he was the managing director of the Brandon Construction Company, the city’s largest building firm doing business throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Brandon buildings constructed by his firm included the McKenzie business block, the Bank of Montreal, the Bank of Commerce, the Great Northern and Canadian Pacific train depots, Baptist College, Park School, Industrial School, Brandon Courthouse, Winter Fair Building, two Methodist churches, and numerous others.

On 20 January 1870, he married Margaret Thomson. They had four children: William J. Harrington, Minnie J. Harrington, Ida Harrington (wife of W. H. McKinnon of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan), and Herbert B. Harrington. He was a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the Winnipeg Building Society, and an adherent of the Methodist Church.

He died at Winnipeg on 3 January 1937.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carman School No. 176 (1884-?)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: A. E. McKenzie Building (30 Ninth Street, Brandon)


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 October 2012

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.