Historic Sites of Manitoba: Holland Consolidated School No. 390 (Holland, RM of Victoria)

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Holland Consolidated School, in the village of Holland in the Rural Municipality of Victoria, was formed in November 1905 from the consolidation of Holland School No. 390 (established at Holland in 1885) and Dawson School No. 117 (established at NW36-24-6W in 1881). It was one of the first two school consolidations in Manitoba, the other being at Virden.

An eight-classroom high school, designed by local architect Andrew Maxwell, was built by contractor R. N. Wyatt at a site facing Stewart Avenue in late 1913, at a cost of $25,500. It was opened in December at a formal ceremony attended by the Minister of Education G. R. Coldwell, Education Chief Clerk Robert Fletcher, School Inspector S. E. Lang, Winnipeg school architect J. B. Mitchell, MLA George Steel, local school board chair W. R. Ross, and former teachers R. J. Mills and A. A. Herriot.

A war memorial on the grounds in front of the school is still present at the site, but the school building is gone.





Wilfred John Fee (1881-1933)


J. H. Marsh


Archibald Adam Herriot (1881-1956)




Duncan Alexander Baxter (1872-1964)


A. D. Johnson


Luella Gertrude Lick Smith (1896-1963)


John Francis Goodwin (1885-1975)


W. White


John Neville Clark


Cecil James Hutchings (1897-1983)


John Leslie “Jack” Morrow (1896-1989)


John Bruce Day (1902-1955)


John Hamilton Menzies (1904-1998)


Eldon M. Elliott


Frederick Adam Hodgkinson (1912-2004)


Frederick James Hall (1892-1977)


James Austin Delgaty (1894-1974)


Joseph Albert Mayers (1909-1980)


John R. Lord


Allan H. Badgley





Hazel Arretta Vandecar (1897-1990)


Mary Ethel Simms (c1895-1947)


School Year



John Neville Clark (grade 11), Louise Hardy (grades 5-6, April-June), Blanche M. Johnston (grades 3-4), Jennet E. Slater (grades 7-8), Marjorie M. Shortreed (grades 1-2), Hazel Arretta Vandecar (grades 9-10), Mildred Wood (grades 5-6, September-March)


John Neville Clark (grade 11), Blanche M. Johnston (grades 3-4), Margaret B. Rixon (grades 5-6), Marjorie M. Shortreed (grades 1-2), Jennet E. Slater (grades 7-8), Hazel Arretta Vandecar (grades 9-10)


Margaret Carmichael (grades 7-8), Blanche Alberta Christilaw (grades 3-4, daughter of John Albert Christilaw), John Neville Clark (grade 11), Irene I. Douglas (grades 5-6), M. E. Flora (grades 1-3), Mary Ethel Simms (grades 9-10)

Among the other teachers of Holland School were Arthur James Manning, Robert John Mills, Archibald Adam Herriot, Ida E. Brown Sanderson (1947-1951), Eleanor Ada Fraser Paxton, and Stanley Corbett “Stan” Henderson.

Photos & Coordinates

Holland School

Holland School (circa 1906)
Source: Education Department Report, 1906, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Postcard view of Holland School

Postcard view of Holland School (circa 1908) by Winnipeg Photo Company
Source: Rob McInnes, MN0345.

Postcard view of Holland School

Postcard view of Holland School (no date)
Source: Rob McInnes, MN0081.

Postcard view of Holland High School, built in late 1913

Postcard view of Holland High School, built in late 1913 (no date) by C. I. Meyers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 75.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.59591, W98.88007
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Holland School / Empire School No. 216 / Murchison Church Plaque (RM of Minto-Odanah)


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

“Tenders for building,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 May 1913, page 2.

“Holland school formally opened,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 December 1913, page 7.

“Holland, Man., farm yields 46 bu. to acre,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 September 1922, page 2.

“Holland, Man”, Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Eleanor Ada Paxton], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1998, page 17.

Manitoba Permit Teachers of World War II, compiled by Louisa Loeb, Winnipeg: Hyperion Press Ltd., 2007.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Rob McInnes for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 February 2024

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