Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bankburn School No. 1098 (RM of Oakview)

The Bankburn School District was organized formally in February 1901 and a one-room school building was constructed on SW21-14-22W in what is now the Rural Municipality of Oakview across the road from Bankburn Farm established by the Sinclair family. The first teacher was Miss Ethel Sparling who held classes in a granary on the farm until the schoolhouse was ready. Among the other teachers of Bankburn School was Miss Mabel Cooper (1911-1913). The school operated until 1917 after which students from this area went to Oak River Consolidated School No. 253. A monument at the former school site was erected in 1984.

Community gathering at Bankburn School

Community gathering at Bankburn School (1909)
Source: Sharon Simms (History of Blanshard Municipality, Volume 1, 1884-1970)

Bankburn School commemorative monument

Bankburn School commemorative monument (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.19645, W100.43938
denoted by symbol on the map above


History of Blanshard Municipality, Volume 1, 1884-1970, Blanshard Centennial History Committee, 1959.

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

We thank Sharon Simms for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 January 2021

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