Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fairburn School No. 524 (Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)

A monument, located in a small picnic grounds on the south side of Highway #3 in what is now the Municipality of Boissevain-Morton, commemorates the Fairburn School that was formerly situated here. Established in March 1888, it operated until January 1968 when the school was absorbed into Boissevain School No. 373. The school building was sold at auction and moved to a new site where it was renovated into a workshop.

Among the teachers of Fairburn School was Kathleen Elizabeth Chambers Armstrong.

Fairburn School

Fairburn School (no date) by George Hunter
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 82.

Fairburn School commemorative monument

Fairburn School commemorative monument (July 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Fairburn School commemorative monument

Fairburn School commemorative monument (July 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.17727, W99.99619
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.

Beckoning Hills Revisited: Ours is a Goodly Heritage, Morton-Boissevain, 1881-1981 by Boissevain History Committee, c1981, pages 162-163.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 July 2022

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