Thomas Sinclair Gore was born in 1851 in Ontario, at the village of Gore’s Landing, named after his navy-
captain father, an immigrant from Antrim, Ireland. The young Gore was schooled in Toronto, and, while
qualifying as a land surveyor, worked on a preliminary survey for the future transcontinental railway.
Following a period as a Dominion surveyor, Gore moved west in 1882, and, as a highly regarded amateur
photographer, he recorded a landmark picture of the arrival of the first CPR train to complete the
transcontinental journey at Port Moody in July 1886.
Subsequently he settled in British Columbia to do survey work for the provincial government, following in
similar steps to those of his elder brother, William Sinclair Gore, who had become Surveyor-General of
British Columbia in 1878. In 1890 Thomas set up a business partnership in Victoria, and acted as Land
Commission for the E&N Railway. He continued to work for both the provincial and dominion governments
until his retirement in 1910, after which he became Secretary and subsequently President of the Corporation
of Land Surveyors in British Columbia.
Gore was able to develop his considerable talents as an artist as an early member of the Island Arts and
Crafts Society, founded in Victoria in 1909. Residing at this time on Oak Bay Avenue, Gore painted many
scenes in Oak Bay and other parts of the Saanich Peninsula, as well as in Europe. He exhibited both in
watercolour and oils in virtually every Society annual show from 1912 to 1934, and served as Society
President from 1926 to 1930.
Past Notable Members
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