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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Robinson (1854-1908)

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Thomas Robinson
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Born at Royston, England on 21 May 1854, brother of E. M. Robinson, he came to Canada in 1882 and, the next year, worked in the law firm of Bain, Blanchard & Mulock at Winnipeg. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1885 then joined the firm of Bain, Blanchard, Perdue & Murphy. When Bain was made a judge, the firm became Perdue & Robinson then dissolved in 1900, with Robinson forming a partnership with W. F. Hull. He served as a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba from 1906 to 1908. On 19 April 1888 he married Evelyn Salter of Halifax, Nova Scotia. They had three children. He was a Mason, serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge in 1897. He was President of the Board of General Purposes for over 16 years. He died near Vaudreuil, Quebec on 10 August 1908 as a result of a fall from a moving train.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

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

“Sudden death of Thomas Robinson,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 August 1908, page 1.

We thank Stan Barclay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 September 2020

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