Historic Sites of Manitoba: Harrowby School No. 603 (Harrowby, Municipality of Russell-Binscarth)

The Harrowby School District was established in June 1889 and a one-room schoolhouse operated in Harrowby (NW28-20-29W) in what is now the Municipality of Russell-Binscarth. In 1967, the district was dissolved and its catchment area became part of the Russell School District and later the Pelly Trail School Division. As of 1986, the former school building was standing vacant but it was gone at the time of a 2012 site visit.

Among the teachers of Harrowby School was Adolph Robert “Bob” Holman (1949-1950).

Harrowby School

Harrowby School (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 95.

Harrowby School

Harrowby School (circa 1949)
Source: Neil Holman

Students at Harrowby School

Students at Harrowby School (circa 1949)
Source: Neil Holman

Teacher Bob Holman at Harrowby School

Teacher Bob Holman at Harrowby School (circa 1949)
Source: Neil Holman

The former Harrowby School building

The former Harrowby School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1197.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.75643, W101.45723
denoted by symbol on the map above


Inglis West topographic map, 62K/14 West, Edition 1, Series A743 [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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank Neil Holman for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2021

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