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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Beattie Roberton (1879-1936)


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, of Scotch-Ulster descent, he moved to Canada in 1910. He farmed in Alberta, set type in Calgary and Victoria, and ended up in Winnipeg working as a printer for the labour newspaper The Voice. He joined the Free Press in 1918 and remained there until his death. Roberton had no experience as a reporter, and was a critic/commentator from the outset of his journalistic career. He wrote on a variety of topics under the nom de plume “T.B.R.” His subject matter ranged from Robbie Burns to a defence of political agitators, to jazz, to Canadian literature. A collection of his essays, edited by J. B. McGeachy, appeared in 1936 as TBR: Newspaper Pieces.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 23 April 2008

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