Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lowestoft School No. 509 (RM of Roland)

The Lowestoft School District was established formally in May 1887 and a schoolhouse operated at SE28-4-4W in the Rural Municipality of Roland. The district was dissolved in 1954 and its catchment area became part of the Roland Consolidated School District. As of the late 1980s, the former school building was reportedly located at SW27-4-4W, being used as a garage. It was not found there during a 2013 site visit. A metal sign commemorates the school at the original site.

Postcard view of Lowestoft School

Postcard view of Lowestoft School (1904) by William J. Bates
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0152

The former Lowestoft School

The former Lowestoft School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1143.

Lowestoft School commemorative sign

Lowestoft School commemorative sign (October 2018)
Source: Art Peers

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.32628, W97.93450
denoted by symbol on the map above


Cummin’s Rural Directory Map for Manitoba published by the Cummins Map Company, 404 Chambers of Commerce, Winnipeg, 1923. [Copies held by Edward M. Ledohowski and Gordon Goldsborough]

Aerial photograph A11637-135 [1948], Manitoba Air Photo Library.

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 Art Peers for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 May 2020

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