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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Normal School (1129 Queens Street, Brandon)

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This building, designed by provincial architect Victor Horwood and constructed in 1912-1913 by local contractor Thomas M. Harrington, was one of four Normal Schools in Manitoba, along with St. Boniface (1903), Manitou (1904, demolished), and Winnipeg (1905-1906). Prior to the building being constructed, the Normal School had been held in the Park School.

With Benjamin J. Hales as its Principal, the Brandon Normal School served as the centre for rural teaching instruction until the end of the 1941-1942 school year when the building was occupied by the Department of National Defence. It was turned over to the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in 1946 for its southwestern operations. It became the Agricultural Extension Centre in 1959. It is still used as office space by the provincial agricultural department. A commemorative plaque north of the building was erected by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba.





Archibald Wesley Hooper (1868-?)


Benjamin Jones Hales (1868-1945)


Clarence Moore (1884-1977)


School Year



Frank B. Fenwick, J. McLaren, Charles K. Newcombe




William Bodkin Beer (first assistant), W. Nairn (domestic science), M. F. Reid (second assistant), J. H. Skene (manual training), M. A. Yeomans (drill instructor)





J. Aitchison, R. R. Alfred, C. Baird, B. Brown, M. Christie, H. W. Clarke, A. Collins, B. Comrie, C. Critchley, R. G. Crookshanks, G. Dandy, C. Dewar, E. Dillibough, T. Duncan, E. Elliott, F. Fairburn, E. Fairlie, E. Finnie, R. Frautz, L. Graham, W. Haggarty, G. Hay, W. G. Hollies, I. Hornick, J. Hornick, A. Hutchison, W. Isaac, R. Isaac, P. Ivey, A. Lee, B. Little, W. H. Little, G. H. Lyons, C. Manley, E. Marrick, I. McColloch, J. McLaren, L. McMacken, M. Mustard, B. Napier, E. Pollock, A. Powell, M. Rankin, W. Rice, M. Roddick, M. Rousley, W. Rowan, F. Rutledge, E. Saunders, E. Scott, J. Serrer, S. Sexsmith, W. Shoup, H. H. Smith, M. Smith, M. Smith, J. Swyryd, E. Unjac, G. Wallace

Photos & Coordinates

Brandon Normal School

Brandon Normal School (circa 1914)
Source: Education Department Report, 1914, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Postcard view of Brandon Normal School

Postcard view of Brandon Normal School (1930s)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0019

The former Brandon Normal School

The former Brandon Normal School (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.83070, W99.95283
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Thomas M. Harrington (1847-1937)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Normal School (1129 Queens Street, Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dauphin Normal School / Whitmore School (First Street SW, Dauphin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitou Normal School (Main Street, Manitou, Municipality of Pembina)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central School / Portage Normal School / Prince Charles School (Third Street Southwest, Portage la Prairie)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Boniface Normal School (210 rue Masson, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba School for the Deaf (500 Shaftesbury, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mulvey School (750 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central School No. 944 (1899-1954)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Old Central School (Tenth Street, Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria School (32 Fifth Street SE, Portage la Prairie)

Brandon Normal School, Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques

Brandon Normal School, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites


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

Brandon: A Prospect of a City by Mary Hume, 1981.

Manitoba Normal School Principals, 1939-1965, Manitoba Education Library Archives.

We thank Terry Hewitt and George Stewart for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2021

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