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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Collegiate Institute / New Era School (527 Louise Avenue, Brandon)

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The present two-storey school building in Brandon was designed by architect W. A. Elliott, and constructed between 1906 and 1907. An official opening ceremony on 1 September 1908 was attended by Minister of Education G. R. Coldwell, Mayor S. E. Clement, and Collegiate Inspector Alexander McIntyre. The building was expanded in 1963 and, eleven years later, it converted from a high school to an elementary school, receiving the students from the former New Central School, and was renamed New Era School.

Principals

Period

Principal

1883-1885

Edwin Samuel Popham (1856-1930)

1885-1898

Alexander McIntyre (1861-1928)

1898-1900

?

1900-1910

William Newton Finlay (c1869-?)

1910-1922

Duncan McDougall (1870-1947)

1922-1923

J. A. Brown BA

1923-1927

J. Harwood Duncan

1927-1949

James Robert Reid (1882-1966)

1949-1960

Herbert Vincent Bell (1898-1971)

1960-1966

William Gordon Frazer (1913-1998)

1966-1970

Donald Wilford Cullen (1932-1983)

1971-1973

Morris Bohonos

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1965-1966

Morley Fraser Sparrow (1916-1979)

Teachers (partial lists)

School Year

Teachers

1900-1901

R. T. Hodgson

1901-1902

W. N. Finlay (Mathematics), R. T. Hodgson (Science), Miss Murray (Modern and English), Mr. Young (Classics and History)

1902-1903

W. N. Finlay (Mathematics), R. T. Hodgson (Science), Miss J. Lee (Music), Miss I. C. McGregor (English and Moderns), Miss I. Sinclair (Drawing), G. Young (Classics and History)

1903-1904

?

1904-1905

W. N. Finlay (Mathematics), R. T. Hodgson (Science), Mr. D. McDougall BA (Classics and History), Miss McGregor, (English and Moderns), Miss Sinclair (Drawing), Mr. A. Whyte (Music), Mr. Irwin (Drill)

1905-1906

W. N. Finlay (Mathematics), R. T. Hodgson (Science), Miss S. Macmorine BA (Moderns and English), Mr. D. McDougall BA (Classics and History), Miss M. E. Sibbald BA (Composition, Geography, etc.)

1906-1907

Miss S. Macmorine BA (Moderns and English), Mr. D. McDougall BA (Classics and History), Miss M. E. Sibbald BA (Composition, Geography, etc.)

1907-1908

Mr. W. B. Beer BA, W. N. Finlay (Mathematics), R. T. Hodgson MA (Science), Mr. D. McDougal BA (Classics), Miss M. McMorine BA (Modern Languages)

1908-1909

?

1909-1910

Mr. W. B. Beer (Geography and Composition), W. N. Finlay (Mathematics), Mr. E. Knapp (Science), Miss S. Macmorine BA (Modern and English), Mr. D. McDougall BA (Classics and History), Joseph McLaren (Physical Director), Miss I. Sinclair (Drawing), Miss M. Vail (Commercial)

1910-1911

Mr. W. B. Beer, G. H. Hogarth, E. Knapp, Miss S. Macmorine, Joseph McLaren (Drill-master), Miss J. E. Reburn, Miss M. St. C. Vail

1911-1912

Mr. W. B. Beer (English), G. H. Hogarth (Mathematics), W. H. King (Political Science), E. Knapp (Science), Miss S. Macmorine (Moderns), D. McDougall (Classics), A. M. Simpson (Mathematics), Miss M. St. C. Vail (Commercial)

1912-1913

?

1913-1914

?

1914-1915

?

1915-1916

?

1916-1917

?

1917-1918

?

1918-1919

?

1919-1920

?

1920-1921

?

1921-1922

?

1922-1923

?

1923-1924

?

1924-1925

?

1925-1926

?

1926-1927

?

1927-1928

?

1928-1929

?

1929-1930

?

1930-1931

Herbert V. Bell, Harvey R. Brown, Winnifred Bruce, Jean Doig, Elsie M. Duval, E. S. Fallis, Edith Insley, Martin Kavanagh, Thomas Kirkpatrick

1931-1932

Herbert V. Bell, Harvey R. Brown, Winnifred H. Bruce, Beatrice Clendenning, Hazel Dunseith, Elsie M. Duval, E. S. Fallis, Edith Insley, Martin Kavanagh, Thomas Kirkpatrick

1932-1933

Herbert V. Bell, Harvey R. Brown, Winifred H. Bruce, Beatrice Clendenning, Jean Doig, Hazel Dunseith, Elsie M. Duval, E. S. Fallis, Edith V. Insley, Martin Kavanagh, T. Kirkpatrick

1933-1934

?

1934-1935

Herbert V. Bell, Miss Winifred H. Bruce, Miss Jean Doig, Miss Hazel Dunseith, Miss Elsie M. Duval, E. S. Fallis, J. Hoogstraten, Miss Edith V. Insley, Martin Kavanagh, T. Kirkpatrick, Miss Marguerite McDole

1935-1936

Herbert V. Bell, Miss Beatrice Clendenning, Miss Jean Doig, Miss Hazel Dunseith, Miss Elsie M. Duval, E. S. Fallis, Jack Hoogstraten, Miss Edith V. Insley, Martin Kavanagh, Thomas Kirkpatrick, Miss Margaret McDole

1936-1937

Herbert V. Bell, Beatrice Clendenning, Jean Doig, Elsie M. Duval, Edith V. Insley, Martin Kavanagh, Thomas Kirkpatrick, Marguerite McDole, Janet P. McLauchlan (exchange teacher), Theodore Sigurdson, R. Harold Stinson, E. Anna Wood (industrial arts)

1937-1938

B. Scott Bateman, Herbert V. Bell, Miss B. E. Clendenning, Miss Jean Doig, Miss Hazel Dunseith, Miss Elsie Duval, George Harris, Miss Edith Insley, Martin Kavanagh, Thomas Kirkpatrick, Miss M. McDole, Theodore Sigurdson, Miss Anna Wood

1938-1939

J. A. Ashley, B. Scott Bateman, Herbert V. Bell, Samuel H. Doctoroff, Miss Jean Doig, Miss Hazel Dunseith, George Harris, Miss E. Insley, Martin Kavanagh, T. Kirkpatrick, Miss M. McDole, Miss E. Strachan, Miss Anna Wood

1939-1940

J. A. Ashley, Herbert V. Bell, Samuel H. Doctoroff, Miss Jean Doig, Miss Hazel Dunseith, A. A. Harris, George Harris (industrial arts), Miss Edith Insley, Ed Johnston, Martin Kavanagh, Miss Marguerite McDole, Miss Evelyn Strachan, Miss Ann Wood (industrial arts)

1940-1941

J. A. Ashley, Herbert V. Bell, Perry Bell (industrial arts), Samuel H. Doctoroff, Miss Jean Doig, Miss Hazel Dunseith, A. A. Harris, Miss Edith Insley, Martin Kavanagh, Miss Marguerite McDole, Miss Evelyn Strachan, Miss Ann Wood (industrial arts)

1941-1942

G. A. Coleman, Samuel H. Doctoroff, Jean Doig, Hazel Dunseith, Edith Insley, Martin Kavanagh, Marguerite McDole, K. McKillop, George Robertson, Evelyn Strachan, Ann Wood

1942-1943

Mrs. M. B. Cannon, Charles Coleman, Miss Jean Doig, Miss Hazel Dunseith, Miss Marjorie Fitton, Gordon Frazer, Miss Edith Insley, Martin Kavanagh, K. F. A. Kearney, Miss Marguerite McDole, K. A. McKillop, A. Venables, Miss E. Ann Wood

1943-1944

Mary B. Cannon, Jean Doig, Hazel Dunseith, Marjorie Fitton, W. G. Frazer, Edith Insley, Martin Kavanagh, Marguerite McDole, F. A. McKillop, A. L. McVety, Isabel Stewart, A. Venables, Ann Wood

1944-1945

?

1945-1946

?

1946-1947

?

1947-1948

?

1948-1949

?

1949-1950

?

1950-1951

?

1951-1952

?

1952-1953

?

1953-1954

?

1954-1955

?

1955-1956

?

1956-1957

?

1957-1958

?

1958-1959

?

1959-1960

?

1960-1961

?

1961-1962

Miss M. Bowen, Martin Chalaturnyk, Mrs. H. Coates (grade 9), Mr. D. W. Cullen, Henry A. Funk, Mr. J. A. Henderson, Archibald G. Hickling, Lloyd C. Jackson, Martin Kavanagh, Mr. R. Kirbyson (grade 11), Mrs. Marion E. Pye, Ivan T. Rainey, Miss Winnifred E. Stevenson (grade 12), Mr. H. L. Stewart, Nicholas Yarish

1962-1963

Mrs. G. L. Ames, Martin Chalaturnyk, Mr. D. W. Cullen, Mrs. W. G. Frazer, Henry A. Funk, Mr. J. A. Henderson, Archibald G. Hickling, Martin Kavanagh, Mr. R. Kirbyson (grade 11), Lloyd C. Jackson, Miss E. A. Lane (grade 10), Mrs. M. P. McPhail, Mrs. Marion E. Pye, Ivan T. Rainey, Miss Winnifred E. Stevenson (grade 12), Mr. H. L. Stewart, Nicholas Yarish

1963-1964

George W. Botchett, Jacob Dyck, J. Tom Forrest (carpentry), Miss D. Fraser, Mrs. W. G. Frazer, Henry A. Funk, Mr. J. A. Henderson, Archibald G. Hickling, Lloyd C. Jackson, Mr. R. Kirbyson (grade 11), Miss E. A. Lane (grade 10), Miss K. P. Manns (home economics), Richard Nielsen, Mrs. Marion E. Pye, Ivan T. Rainey, Mr. J. Russell, Mr. M. F. Sparrow, Miss Winnifred E. Stevenson (grade 12), Mr. H. L. Stewart, Robert M. Swayze, Nicholas Yarish

1964-1965

George W. Botchett, Jacob Dyck, J. Tom Forrest, T. Leslie Fox (carpentry), Mrs. W. G. Frazer, Henry A. Funk, Miss S. A. Hamilton, Mr. J. A. Henderson, Archibald G. Hickling, Mrs. Helen Horobin, Lloyd C. Jackson, Mr. L. W. Jones, Miss K. P. Manns (home economics), Mr. R. F. McNabb, Mrs. M. P. McPhail, Richard Nielsen, Mrs. Marion E. Pye, Ivan T. Rainey, Mr. B. E. Reilly, Mr. J. F. Russell, Mr. M. F. Sparrow, Miss Winnifred E. Stevenson (grade 12), Mr. H. L. Stewart, Robert M. Swayze, Nicholas Yarish

1965-1966

Katherine Addison, George W. Botchett, Jacob Dyck, J. Tom Forrest, T. Leslie Fox, Henry A. Funk, Miss Gladys Hamilton, Gordon Henderson, Archibald G. Hickling, Mrs. Helen Horobin, Lloyd C. Jackson, Felix Koensgen, Raymond McNabb, Miss Margaret Milne, Richard Nielsen, Mrs. Marion E. Pye, Ivan T. Rainey, Brian Roberts, Miss Winnifred E. Stevenson, Robert M. Swayze, Gethin Thomas, Nicholas Yarish

1966-1967

?

1967-1968

?

1968-1969

Mr. B. W. Bachewich, Jean Bates, Lucienne Bazin, John Bucklaschuk, Cathy Craig, Ruth E. Davies, Judy Einarson, Cyril P. Fox, Warda Fraser, Henry A. Funk, John Garner, Gladys Hamilton, Colleen Hay, Helen Horobin, Mrs. Doris Hunt, R. L. Hurd, Felix Koensgen, Mr. R. Loucks, Richard Nielsen, Glen Olmstead, Chris Pearce, Mrs. Marion E. Pye, Ivan T. Rainey, Clifford Ramcharan, Frank Rodgers, Morley F. Sparrow, Miss Winnifred E. Stevenson, Indira Wesley

1969-1970

Mr. D. W. Bachewich, Jean Bates, Miss E. Coombs, Cathy Craig, Mrs. Ruth E. Davies, Mr. M. R. Derksen, Cyril P. Fox, Mrs. M. Franklin, Warda Fraser, Henry A. Funk, Mr. C. Gonzales, Gladys Hamilton, Mrs. M. Hindley, Mrs. Doris Hunt, Mrs. H. A. James, Felix Koensgen, Mr. R. A. R. McClean, Miss M. Morison, Richard Nielsen, Marion Pye, Ivan T. Rainey, Clifford Ramcharan, Frank Rodgers, Mr. N. Smith, Morley F. Sparrow (Vice-Principal), Mrs. C. Stelling, Miss Winnifred E. Stevenson, Mrs. R. Sutherland, Mr. R. Willems

1970-1971

Partial list: Mrs. Ruth E. Davies, Mrs. Fraser, Henry A. Funk, Mrs. Doris Hunt, Clifford Ramcharan, Frank Rodgers, Mrs. R. Sutherland, Mr. R. Willems

Among the other teachers of the Brandon Collegiate were Martin D. Chalaturnyk and Robert J. Coates.

Photos & Maps

Brandon Collegiate

Postcard of Brandon Collegiate (circa 1910)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0090

Brandon Collegiate

Postcard of Brandon Collegiate (circa 1910)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0174

Brandon Collegiate

A view of Brandon Collegiate (no date).
Source: Magnacca Research Centre, Daly House Museum, 86-113-4.

 

Brandon Collegiate

New Era School, formerly Brandon Collegiate Institute (October 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Brandon Collegiate Monument

Brandon Collegiate monument (October 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.84403, W99.94535
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“School Board,” Brandon Daily Sun, 7 March 1900, page 1.

“Empire Day,” Brandon Daily Sun, 25 May 1900, page 4.

“Principal Finlay talks to teachers,” Brandon Daily Sun, 11 October 1900, page 1.

“1,000 children now on the rolls,” Brandon Daily Sun, 6 September 1901, page 1.

“School notes,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1902, page 1.

“Big increase in attendance,” Brandon Daily Sun, 9 September 1903, page 1.

“Teaching staff of schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 7 September 1905, page 6.

“Collegiate opening,” Brandon Daily Sun, 26 August 1908, page 1.

“New Collegiate will be opened tomorrow,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1908, page 1.

“Auspicious opening of Collegiate,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 September 1908, page 1 & 2.

“Collegiate’s fine building,” Brandon Daily Sun, 25 September 1906, page 1.

“Schools will open Tuesday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1907, page 1.

“Teachers for city schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1908, page 1.

“Public schools were re-opened this morning,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1909, page 1.

“Many changes on the teaching staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 11 August 1910, page 1.

“The city schools will re-open Friday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1911, page 1.

“Have full staff of teachers for public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1923, page 1.

“Reid named as new Principal of collegiate,” Brandon Daily Sun, 12 July 1927, page 1.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“List of teachers public school,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1930.

“All schools to open Monday for fall term here,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1931.

“One addition only to city schools staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1932.

“Some changes on teaching staff of public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1934.

“Schools to open Tuesday for fall term in city,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1935.

“Few changes in teaching staff as all schools in city open Monday morning,” Brandon Daily Sun, 29 August 1936.

“Five new teachers on staff of Brandon schools for fall term commencing next week,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1937.

“Teaching staff public school,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1938.

“Schools staff public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 September 1939.

“Seven changes on teaching staff of the public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 September 1940.

“Important changes made in teaching staff for opening schools here Tuesday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1941.

“Elementary and junior high schools open tomorrow for fall term after long holidays,” Brandon Daily Sun, 26 August 1942.

“Eleven new teachers on staff as schools prepare to open for fall term commencing Monday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1943.

“Brandon Collegiate,” Manitoba Calling, June 1944, page 16.

“22 new faces for city,” Brandon Sun, 20 August 1965, page 22.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank Greg Sigurdson, Catherine Harley, Nathan Kramer, and Wilma MacMillan for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2017

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