Mr. Thomas Kincaid,
who represented South-East Ward some years in the Christchurch City Council, was born in 1853 at
Tullywhisker, County Tyrone, Ireland, where he received his early education. Although brought up on a farm he preferred a commercial life, and elected to enter the grocery trade, to which he served an apprenticeship. He then sailed for New Zealand in the “Jessie Readman,” arriving at Port Lyttelton in the year 1880. After gaining sufficient colonial experience in various capacities, Mr. Kincaid started business in partnership with Mr. E. W. Marriot in 1883, trading as grocers, etc., under the name of Kincaid and Marriot. This partnership was dissolved in 1888. Shortly after this dissolution Mr. Kincaid purchased the business known as Grinstead's Importing Company, for which he made a sporting cash offer, which, to his surprise, was accepted. The name was then altered to Kincaid's Grocery Importing Company, and has since been successfully conducted at 161 and 163 Colombo Street. Mr. Kincaid was elected unopposed to the City Council in 1895 at a casual vacancy and was re-elected in September, 1897, having been returned by the largest majority ever secured at a Christchurch municipal election. He is a member of the Anglican Church, and has held office as a churchwarden at St. John's for some years. Mr. Kincaid was married in Christchurch, in 1885, to the third daughter of the late Mr. W. Mehaffy, of “Carricklee,” County Tyrone, Ireland.