Robert Hanbidge

Robert Leith (Dinny) Hanbidge QC (16 March 1891 – 25 July 1974) was a Canadian lawyer, municipal, provincial and federal politician, and the 12th Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan.

The Hon.

Robert Leith (Dinny) Hanbidge
12th Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
In office
March 1, 1963 – February 2, 1970
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralGeorges Vanier
Roland Michener
PremierWoodrow Lloyd
Ross Thatcher
Preceded byFrank Lindsay Bastedo
Succeeded byStephen Worobetz
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kindersley
In office
March 31, 1958 – March 1, 1963
Preceded byMerv Johnson
Succeeded byReg Cantelon
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for Kerrobert
In office
June 6, 1929 – June 19, 1934
Preceded byDonald Laing
Succeeded byDonald Laing
Personal details
Born(1891-03-16)16 March 1891
Southampton, Ontario, Canada
Died25 July 1974(1974-07-25) (aged 83)
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Other political
Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan
Spouse(s)Jane Mitchell
m. 8 September 1915[1]

Early lifeEdit

Born in Southampton, Ontario, the son of Robert and Fanny (Murton) Hanbidge, he graduated from the Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in 1909 and moved to Regina, Saskatchewan where he took the Saskatchewan Law Society law course.[1] He articled in the law firm of Sir Frederick Haultain, former Premier of the North-West Territories, and became a member of the Saskatchewan Law Society in 1915. He was appointed a King's Counsel in 1933. In 1915, he married Jane Mitchell.[1] His son, Robert Donald Keith Hanbidge, a Flying Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, was killed during World War II.[2]

From 1911 to 1913, he played football for the Regina Rugby Club (now the Saskatchewan Roughriders).

Political careerEdit

In 1920, he was elected mayor of Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. In 1929, he was elected as the Conservative candidate to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan and was the Chief Whip in Premier James Thomas Milton Anderson's co-operative government.[1]

He first ran for the House of Commons of Canada as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding of Kindersley in the 1945 federal election. Although defeated, he was elected in the 1958 federal election and re-elected in the 1962 federal election. In 1963, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and served until 1970.

In 1968, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan.[3] He was Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan from 1 March 1963 until 1 February 1970. The convention hall in the new Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts was originally named Hanbidge Hall but has subsequently been renamed twice. Hanbidge Crescent in Regina is also named in his honour.[4]



  1. ^ a b c d e Normandin, Pierre G. (1960). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  2. ^ "In memory of Flying Officer ROBERT DONALD KEITH HANBIDGE". Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Honorary degree recipients". University of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Hanbidge Crescent". Archived from the original on 11 February 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2009.


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