Historic Sites of Manitoba: Anna Gibson School (77 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg)

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Situated on Kelvin Street, later renamed Henderson Highway, in Winnipeg, a one-storey, six-classroom brick structure was designed by local architect James Bertram Mitchell and built in 1919 by the Sutherland Construction Company at a cost of about $39,000. It was used as a school for students in grades 1 to 5 with those in sixth grade going to nearby Lord Selkirk School.

It was named Anna Gibson School to commemorate Anna Whitworth Gibson (1897-1918), the 21-year-old daughter of Winnipeg timber merchant Thomas Gibson who taught at La Verendrye School. During the 1918-1919 flu pandemic, she volunteered to nurse flu victims at the King George Hospital, contracted flu herself, died on 23 November, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Classes were held in this building until 1937. During the Second World War, it accommodated soldiers and, in 1944, was sold to the Mennonite Brethren Bible College and used to train church workers and missionaries. Later used as a dance studio, in 1985 it was renamed the A. H. Unruh Building in commemoration of the founding President of the College.

The building was demolished during the summer of 2005. A monument stands at the site, made from bricks and dome from the original building.





Thomas Edgar Argue (1869-1927)


Jane Augusta Bredin Wilson (1871-1963)


School Year





V. Hefford, Z. Johnson, Miss K. S. MacLeod, C. Munshaw


J. Manthorne, V. McIntyre, Miss K. S. MacLeod, G. Munshaw


E. Buchanan, V. McIntyre, Miss K. S. MacLeod


Janet A. Alexander, Winifred Rowe Bawden, Miss K. S. MacLeod, E. M. Moore


Janet A. Alexander, Winifred Rowe Bawden, Miss K. S. MacLeod, E. M. Moore


Janet A. Alexander, Winifred Rowe Bawden, Miss K. S. MacLeod, E. M. Moore


Janet A. Alexander, Winifred Rowe Bawden, Miss K. S. MacLeod, E. M. Moore


Janet A. Alexander, Winifred Rowe Bawden, Miss K. S. MacLeod, E. M. Moore, M. Pennefather


Janet A. Alexander, Winifred Rowe Bawden, E. M. Moore, Norma M. Wemyss, Rutha H. Wilson


Winifred Rowe Bawden, L. M. Burt, Norma Margaret Wemyss, Rutha H. Wilson


Winifred Rowe Bawden, Sara Silver, Norma Margaret Wemyss, Rutha H. Wilson


Winifred Rowe Bawden, Sara Silver, Norma Margaret Wemyss


Winifred Rowe Bawden, G. B. McInnes, Norma Margaret Wemyss


Winifred Rowe Bawden, G. B. McInnes, Sara Silver


Winifred Rowe Bawden, G. B. McInnes


G. B. McInnes

Photos & Coordinates

Anna Gibson School

Anna Gibson School (1919)
Source: Winnipeg School Board, Annual Report 1919, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

Anna Gibson School Monument

Anna Gibson School Monument (February 2015)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91025, W97.11757
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James Bertram Mitchell (1852-1945)

Manitoba Business: Sutherland Construction Company

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Children’s Home of Winnipeg / Children’s Home School / Julia Clark School (615 Academy Road, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Martin School No. 870 (Kelvin Avenue, Winnipeg)


Death registration [Anna W. Gibson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Teacher and trained nurse sacrifice lives in fighting “flu”,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 November 1918, page 1.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 648/1919, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Schools will not open until Monday,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 November 1918, page 5.

“Winnipeg schools, No. 36—Anna Gibson,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 November 1922, page 7.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Henderson Directories Limited, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Obituary [Winifred Rowe Bawden], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 1975, page 53.

“Historic Anna Gibson School / A. H. Unruh Building slated for destruction,” Mennonite Historian, 31(2):5, June 2005.

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We thank Nathan Kramer and Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 March 2024

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