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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Britannia School No. 1517 (361 Hampton Street, Winnipeg)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Maps | Sources

Designed by local architect E. D. Tuttle and built in 1910, the original six-room brick and stone school was expanded with another twelve classrooms two years later. Other additions and an annex were built in the 1950s and 1961. The school closed in June 1979 and was later demolished, its function being replaced by the nearby Stevenson-Britannia School. As of 2013, the annex is still standing and used as a daycare facility.

Principals

Period

Principal

1911-1912

George James Elliott (1869-1948)

1912-1916

Edward Sandford Lord (1869-1922)

1916-1926

Earl Augustus Ross (1890-?)

1926-1930

Clarence Moore (1884-1977)

1930-1951

Robert Cecil Paris (1885-1964)

1951-1961

Harold Edwin Richard Murphy (1894-1975)

1961-1966

Walter Alvin Smith Green (1918-2004)

1966-1978

Paul Pura (1914-1999)

1978-1979

William T. “Bill” Betz

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1955-1956

Miss Mildred Horne

1956-1969

?

1969-1973

Miss M. Alexander

1973-1977

?

1977-1978

Lawson Tarbuth

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1955-1956

Miss Margaret Alexander, Miss Shelagh Bolin, Miss Mary Brennan, Miss Charlotte Cooper, Miss Ruby Douglas, Miss Lorraine Fargey, Miss Ethel Ferguson, Miss Hope Graham, Miss Genevieve Grudeski, Miss Evelyn Haddad, Gordon Haddad, Glen Hanna, Mrs. Hermine Hinds, Miss Marlene Johnson, Miss Marguerite King, Mrs. Doris Line, Mrs. Violet Lobban, Miss Martha Loewen, Harry Martin, Mrs. Helen McColl, Miss Sophia Moffett, Mrs. Myrtle Moorhead, Miss Pearl Privat, Miss Grace Roberts, Miss Jessie Rogers, Lyall Sims, Miss Nancy Smith, Miss Nellie White, Miss Jean Wilk

Among the other teachers who worked at Britannia School through the year were William H. Van Sickle and Sadie B. Gillies (circa 1932).

Photos & Maps

Britannia School

Postcard of Britannia School by Lyall Commercial Photo Company (November 1913)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0165.

Britannia School

Postcard of Britannia School (no date)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP0097.

Britannia School

Britannia School (1945)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7451, Album 14, Page 31.

Britannia School

Britannia School (1974)
Source: St. James - Assiniboia School Division.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.88611, W97.21177
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Stevenson School / Stevenson-Britannia School (1777 Silver Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“New head of school appointed,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 June 1916, page 19.

“Address List, Municipal School District of St. James No. 7,”St. James Assiniboia School Division.

“Britannia School official opening for Thursday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 1961, page 3.

“It’s Rule Britannia in St. James Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1962, page 3.

“Doors of old Britannia School to be closed at end of school term,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1979, page 147.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

We thank the St. James - Assiniboia School Division and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2015

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