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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Holyrood School No. 391 (RM of Macdonald)

The Holyrood School District was organized in April 1885. A school building was erected, which served the educational and religious needs of the community, being the location of the founding meeting for Starbuck United Church. The school was consolidated into Starbuck Consolidated School No. 1150 and continued to be used through 1910. The location of the former school site was not recorded in official school records so the location shown here, in the Rural Municipality of Macdonald, is approximate.

Among the teachers of Holyrood School were Lucy I. Brett (1906), Pearl Nama Broadworth (1906-1909), M. Hodgson (1909), and Gertrude I. Gray (1909).

Holyrood School

Holyrood School (circa 1888)
Source: Starbuck United Church

Holyrood School

Holyrood School (no date but probably circa 1909)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photos GR2664, C65.

Holyrood School commemorative sign

Holyrood School commemorative sign (September 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.75416, W97.56719
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.

Manitoba School Records Collection (GR0638), Holyrood School District No. 391 Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection (GR0638), Starbuck School District No. 1150 Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.

Financial support for research reported on this page was provided by the Manitoba Heritage Grants Program (grant 12F-C101, 2012-2013).

We thank Leonard H. Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 April 2020

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