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Historic Sites of Manitoba: North Derby School No. 508 (Municipality of Cartwright-Roblin)

North Derby School was established formally in June 1887. A school building was erected on the northwest quarter of 9-3-14 west of the Principal Meridian in the Rural Municipality of Roblin. It closed in 1951 and remaining students went to South Derby School No. 1390, Neelin School No. 429, or Rock Lake School No. 1078. The school district was dissolved in 1957.

The school building was disassembled and some of its wood was used to construct a municipal building in Cartwright. A metal sign commemorates it on the original site. Also on the site is a rock monument commemorating Todd Brian Kinley (1986-2006) and his grandfather William Winram “Bill” Henwood (1927-2006).

Teachers who worked at North Derby School included W. G. Bolton.

North Derby School

North Derby School (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 78.

A municipal building in Cartwright built, in part, using lumber from the former North Derby School

A municipal building in Cartwright built, in part, using lumber from the former North Derby School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1107.

North Derby School commemorative sign

North Derby School commemorative sign (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.20742, W99.31340
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: South Derby School No. 1390 (Municipality of Cartwright-Roblin)


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.

We thank Vicki Wallace and Tom Bourns for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 February 2021

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