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This building, designed by provincial architect Victor Horwood and constructed in 1912-1913, 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.
Among the teachers who worked at the Brandon Normal School were: Charles K. Newcombe (1906), Frank B. Fenwick (1906), and J. McLaren (1906).
Photos & Coordinates
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 for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 September 2020
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