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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carberry School No. 125 (First Avenue, Carberry)

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The Carberry School District was formally established in July 1881, on First Avenue in the Town of Carberry. A two-storey brick structure was erected here in 1895, on a design by Brandon architect W. H. Shillinglaw, using brick from a brickyard at Sidney.

In January 1962, it became Carberry Consolidated School when it consolidated with several surrounding rural schools, including Linwood School No. 641, Melbourne School No. 234, Pleasant Point School No. 267, Prosser School No. 2040, and Stinson School No. 325. The building was demolished in 1964 and replaced on the same site by the present R. J. Waugh School.

A monument on the school grounds was erected in 1974 by Willard Switzer, the last surviving student of the original school. It preserves the cornerstone and roof-top bell from the school building.





Miss Oliver




John Cameron Saul (1869-1939)




George Young


Ezra Hamilton (1864-?)


James Houston


James M. McQueen




W. R. Robeson


Archibald McDonald


Merodach Green


John Cunningham Anderson (1862-1929)


Leslie A. Glinz


Robert Hugh Wellwood (1901-1983)


George Boyer Poole (1880-1958)


George Edward Whitlaw (1904-1996)


Barney Thordarson (1904-1974)


Bethel Harold Stinson (1903-1960)


Robert Stanley “Stan” McGill (1909-1994)


George Scott Belton (1904-1967)


Bertha E. Nelson


Richard Buck (1907-1994)


Mrs. M. Macdonald


A. V. Gabriel


John Pottinger Minions


B. Anderson


School Year



M. Christie, I. M. Coltart, E. Mitchell, J. R. Smyth, M. E. Switzer, M. G. Willis

Among the teachers who worked at Carberry School were Thomas Laidlaw (1890s), Jean Isabel Wellwood (1918-1919), Garnet M. Morrison (late 1930s), Wilfrid B. “Wilf” Book, and Penny Ham (1960s).

Photos & Coordinates

Carberry School

Postcard of Carberry School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0047

Carberry School

Postcard of Carberry School (1929)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0081

Carberry School

Carberry School (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 41.

Carberry School

Carberry School (1940)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7454, Album 21, Page 21.

Carberry School

Remains of the demolished Carberry School building (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey, Carberry 23.

Carberry School

Carberry School monument in front of R. J. Waugh School (December 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87045, W99.35792
denoted by symbol on the map above


“Teachers at the convention,” Brandon Sun, 15 October 1920, page 6.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Carberry, Man,” Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, June 1912, Archives of Manitoba.

The Carberry Plains: 75 Years of Progress. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.C36 Car]

“Carberry kicks off its 90th annual exhibition,” Brandon Sun, 4 July 1974, page 10.

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.

Carberry Plains - Century One: 1882-1982 by Carberry History Book Committee, 1982, page 224.

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

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 September 2021

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