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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Burnbank School No. 789 (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

Burnbank School District No. 789 was formally established in January 1894 and, in 1902, a one-room, wood frame school building was erected on the southeast quarter of 34-12-28 west of the Principal Meridian, on the banks of Niso Creek in what is now the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth. The school served as the educational and social centre for the area until it closed in 1963 and its remaining students went to Elkhorn Consolidated School No. 366. The district was dissolved in July 1964. Over the course of its history, it hosted 165 students and 36 teachers.

The school building is no longer on the site but a stone monument commemorating the school was dedicated at a ceremony on 30 August 1987. Also affixed to the monument are plaques in memory of two men, Thomas Lincoln Duxbury (c1916-1941) and Gordon Ivan Williams (c1922-1944), killed during the Second World War.

Burnbank School

Burnbank School (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 126.

Burnbank School commemorative monument

Burnbank School commemorative monument (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.05336, W101.21841
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 February 2021

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