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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Briton School No. 1734 (Municipality of West Interlake)

The Briton School District was organized formally in April 1914 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NE10-23-7W in what is now the Municipality of West Interlake. In 1936, the district became part of the Woodlea Municipal School District. It continued to operate until joining the Lakeshore School Division in 1967. The badly deteriorated former schoolhouse was still standing during a 2021 visit to the site, now part of a livestock pasture.

Among the teachers at Briton School were Anna Phillips (1937-1938), Esther H. Neuman (1959-1960), Kristjan Arnason (1960-1961), Denise Payment (1961), Douglas C. Cosgrove (1961-1962), Elizabeth Louise Kehler (1963-1966, 1967), and Sharon Hoffman (1966).

Former Briton School building

Former Briton School building (June 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Former Briton School building

Former Briton School building (October 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Interior of former Briton School building

Interior of former Briton School building (June 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.97241, W98.35325
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

School District Formation Files [Briton School District No. 1734], GR1688, E0027, Archives of Manitoba.

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, Briton School District #1743 - Daily Registers, GR3613, Archives of Manitoba.

Trustee records regarding geographically remote schools directly administered by Department (E 0166), File 1589 - Woodlea (Briton), GR1206, Archives of Manitoba.

Trustee records regarding geographically remote schools directly administered by Department (E 0166), File 1589 - Woodlea (Briton) - Permanent, GR1206, Archives of Manitoba.

Trustee records regarding geographically remote schools directly administered by Department (E 0166), File 1589 - Woodlea (General) - Permanent, GR1206, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 November 2021

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