Historic Sites of Manitoba: Birnie School No. 465 (Birnie, RM of Rosedale)
Birnie School No. 465 was originally formed in 1884 as North End School in the southeast quarter of 14-17-15, west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Rosedale. It was moved into Birnie and a new brick school built beside it in 1909. This second building, constructed on a design by architect Samuel Hooper, was later moved to Glenella and used as a church. The final school building, dating from 1954, closed formally in January 1968 and was later used as a community hall and nursery school.
Among the teachers of Birnie School were Mr. Fedorchuk (1951-1952) and Iva May Eros (1954).
Photos & Coordinates
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Marriage and death registrations [Iva May Eros], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
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.
East of the Mountains: Eden-Birnie Story, Wards 2 and 5, Rural Municipality of Rosedale, Manitoba: 1877-1984 by Eden Birnie History Book Committee, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.E35 Eas]
A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.
The Beautiful Plains Story: 1983-2008 by Neepawa and Area History Committee, 2008, page 161.
We thank Nathan Kramer and Glen Gibbons for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Allan Drysdale and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 February 2021