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In 1881, the Brandon Protestant School Board constructed a two-storey brick school along the 100 block of Tenth Street. It opened for classes in February 1882. (Meanwhile, Catholic students attended a school at the St. Joseph’s Convent, adjacent to St. Augustine’s Cathedral.) It was quickly overcrowded, so a two-storey brick addition was made two years later. By the early 1890s, the school was again found to be inadequate so the New Central School was constructed nearby.
The building continued to be used by the Brandon School Board until 1903 when the property was sold to the firm of Hughes & Company. The original part of the building was demolished to make way for construction of the Strathcona Block along Tenth Street, but the 1883 addition remained, as an attachment to the block. It is visible today from Eleventh Street.
Photos & Maps
Brandon’s first school. The portion at right was built in 1881. The part at left was added in 1883.
Source: Martin Kavanagh (reprinted in Mitchell 1986)
Only the 1883 addition to the original school remains, visible from Eleventh Street (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Site Location (lat/long): N49.84759, W99.95201
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: New Central School (Lorne Avenue, Brandon)
In the Image of Ontario: Public Schools in Brandon 1881-1890 by Tom Mitchell
Manitoba History, Number 12, Autumnn 1986
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central School No. 944 (RM of Dufferin)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central Normal School (442 William Avenue, Winnipeg)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria School (32 Fifth Street SE, Portage la Prairie)
“New school to be built,” The Brandon Daily Sun, 14 October 1903, page 1.
Old Central School, Brandon School Division.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Tom Mitchell.
Page revised: 11 December 2014
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