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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:





Alexandra School

College Avenue, Brandon


Demolished (?)

Harding School No. 1352

Harding, RM of Woodworth


Demolished (?)

Brandon Armoury

1116 Victoria Avenue, Brandon



St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

Elva, RM of Arthur


Demolished (?)

Kenton Municipal Hall

Kenton, RM of Woodworth



Aikenside Methodist Church

Justice, RM of Elton



Dauphin School No. 2 (addition)



Demolished (?)

A. E. McKenzie Building

30 Ninth Street, Brandon



King George School

430 Victoria Avenue East, Brandon


Demolished (?)

Park View Apartments

1330 Princess Avenue, Brandon



Brandon Winter Fair Building

Eleventh Street, Brandon


Demolished (1970)

Gordon McKay Building




Massey-Harris Warehouse

638 Pacific Avenue, Brandon




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.

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: 12 July 2021

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