Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cornwallis School No. 187 (RM of Cornwallis)

The Cornwallis School District was organized formally in June 1884 and, two years later, a wood frame school building was erected on the northeast corner of NE34-9-19W in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis. In 1958, the original school building was replaced by a new structure on the same site. The former school was sold and moved to NW3-10-18W. The district became part of the Brandon School Division in 1967 and the school closed in June 1968. The building was used as a community centre until 1981. It is no longer present at the site, but a row of conifers along Highway #10 is a remainder of its shelterbelt.

Among the teachers of Cornwallis School were Eleanor Gothard (1892), Alberta Haw (1892), W. P. Davidson (1893), L. L. Nicol (1895), Clara Bastedo (1897), Alice Gilbert (1899), Ada Harris (1900), M. L. Munro (1901), Miss J. Thompson (1903), I. E. G. Todd (1904), L. A. Pilling (1907), Carrie Parkinson (1908), Cora Cunningham (1909), Marguerite Murray (1910), Madge Struthers (1911), Barbara E. Smith (1916), Alta H. Ansley (1919), Eileen Loney (1920), Edith Covernton (1921), O. Hornibrook (1923), Grace Wiggins (1925), Mary Thomson (1926), Eva Morrison (1927, 1934), Mrs. Hortense Woods (1929), O. M. Fogal (1929-1930), Margaret Peterson (1936), Kathleen King (1937), Thelma Kidd (1938), Isobel Senkbeil (1939), Margaret Wilkie (1942), Isobel Gilbert (1944), Ruby Caulfield (1945), Beatrice Tegg (1946), Ethel Scott (1947), Ella Turner (1948), Jean Hamilton (1952), Mary King (1953), B. Dyck (1955), Lorna Williamson (1956), Ruth Curtis (1958-1959), Wilda C. Lamoureux (1960), Betty Ann Zacharias (1964), Gillian Miller (1965), and Jean Mansfield (1966).

Cornwallis School

Cornwallis School (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 65.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.79751, W99.96284
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.

Municipal Memories by Cornwallis Centennial Committee, circa 1984.

We thank David McDowell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2019

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