Historic Sites of Manitoba: Boyne Creek School No. 620 (RM of Victoria)

The Boyne Creek School District was established formally in May 1890. The next year, for a total construction cost of $476, a one-room frame school was built at this site in the northwest quarter of 10-7-10 west of the Principal Meridian in the Rural Municipality of South Norfolk, on land purchased from farmer John Cooper. The school took its name from the nearby creek. It opened in June 1891 with teacher Mr. M. W. Leigh and 12 students.

During its 68 years of operation, there were 235 students in grades 1 to 8, taught by 57 different teachers. The school also served as a community social centre. In 1901, municipal boundaries were realigned placing the school in the Rural Municipality of Victoria. School consolidation in January 1959 resulted in the closure of Boyne Creek School in June of that year, with the remaining students going to Treherne Consolidated School No. 537. The school building was then sold and moved to another site. A commemorative monument was erected in July 1994 on land donated by Ray and Leona Timmerman and family, and dedicated to the students, teachers, and residents of the Boyne Creek district.

Among the teachers of Boyne Creek School were Norman Spencer (1891) and Miss McFarlane (1905).

A commemorative monument at the former school site was unveiled in July 1994.

Boyne Creek School

Boyne Creek School (no date) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 98.

Boyne Creek School commemorative monument

Boyne Creek School commemorative monument (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Boyne Creek School commemorative monument

Boyne Creek School commemorative monument (August 2022)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.56147, W98.74642
denoted by symbol on the map above


Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine: A History of Treherne and Surrounding District by Treherne Area History Committee, 1976, pages 43-44.

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.

Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques and Manitoba Community Commemorative Plaques, Fiscal Year 1994-1995, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Citizenship, page 26.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2022

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