Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brigden School / Brigdenley Consolidated School No. 497 (RM of Dufferin)

A monument, situated in the southwest corner of 17-6-3 west of the Principal Meridian in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin, commemorates Brigdenley Consolidated School. Formed in December 1909 from the consolidation of Brigden School No. 497 with McKinley School No. 1462. Brigden School had been established in April 1887 and operated at the same location, whereas McKinley School was only established in May 1908 and a building for it was never constructed because local residents decided it made more sense to transport their students to Brigden School and pay the district a non-resident fee. The experiment was successful so, a year later, the two school districts merged as Brigdenley Consolidated School. The building measured 26 by 40 feet, situated on two acres of land. The school closed in 1966 and its catchment was dissolved in January 1968 into the Carman Consolidated School District No. 176 (which in turn was amalgameted into the Midland School Division).

Among the teachers who worked at Brigdenley School were Beatrice Hawken, Colin S. Walley, and Ernest John Doell (Fall 1965 - Spring 1966).

Brigdenley Consolidated School

Brigdenley Consolidated School (circa 1912)
Source: Consolidation Report, 1912.

Brigdenley School

Brigdenley School (1968)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Homewood 6.

Brigdenley School commemorative monument

Brigdenley School commemorative monument (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.47329, W97.84359
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: McKinley School No. 1462 (RM of Mountain)


Consolidation of Rural Schools in Manitoba: Special Report of the Department of Education for the Year 1912, Manitoba Legislative Library, Manitoba SpR 1912 Rural Schools.

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 School Records Collection, Brigdenley School District No. 497 - Daily Registers, GR2085, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2024

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