SWINBANKS, Warwick Thornton

1917 - 1970

Warwick Thornton Swinbanks, was born at South Shields, Co. Durham on 15 June 1917, son of James Fortune Swinbanks (5 November 1891-28 July 1973), a school inspector, and his wife May Pemberton née Thornton (4 October 1894-1941), who married at South Shields in 1916 and in 1939 were living at 168 Nacton Road, Ipswich. Warwick was an associate member of the Ipswich Art Club 1939-1951 and exhibited in 1938 from Hatfield Lodge, 168 Nacton Road, Ipswich, three watercolours 'Boats-Ipswich Dock', 'Barn at Foxhall' and 'Landscape-Foxhall' and after serving as a Captain in the Royal Engineers in the Second World War, resumed exhibiting in 1946 from 50 Bolton Lane, Ipswich, two paintings 'Barns at Metfield' and 'Heath Fire'. He married at Orwell, Kinross, Perthshire on 27 March 1943, Naomi Marjorie née Miller, youngest daughter of Revd James Miller of Orwell, Milnathort. As an art master, on 29 July 1955, he sailed from Southampton on the 'Willem Ruys' emigrating to Singapore together with his wife Naomi Marjorie (born 8 April 1921) and two sons Brian James (born 28 July 1944) and Duncan John (born 11 August 1952). He had emigrated to Singapore to train a new generation of teachers at the Teacher Training College in Paterson Road, Singapore and they lived at 14 Fort Road, Singapore. Warwick died at Strathaven, Scotland on the 26 August 1970, his historic sketch books of Singapore in the 1950's are still in the possession of the family in Scotland




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