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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Robert Burns School No. 704 (RM of Whitehead)

The Robert Burns School District was established in March 1892 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NE28-9-21W in the Rural Municipality of Whitehead. In 1895, the building was moved to NE29-9-21W and, in 1945, was put onto a concrete basement to accommodate the installation of a furnace. The school closed permanently in 1960. The district was dissolved in 1967 and its area became part of the Brandon School Division. The former school building was used for a time as a chicken house.

The teachers of Robert Burns School were Bert Spero, F. Hayden, Edward Boyes, Evangeline Fallis, R. G. Little, Flora McCallum, Freda Smith, Lillian Harper, Dorothy Campbell, Kay Jack, Yvonne Steacy, Lewis Lynd, Ina Hazelwood, Ellenora Kabernick, Dorothy Lee, Leonard A. Shultz, Beverley Olds, Jean Kunka, J. E. Spero, C. A. Wilkenson, Laura Langhliss, Amy Chapman, M. Blower, Clara Critchley, Margaret Bradley, Edna McIntosh, Jessie MacMillan, Sarah Course, Doris Pue, Hazel Gorrel, Kathlyn Nicol, Kathrine Martens, B. Shewchuk, Mrs. Edith Blair, and Janice Carmichael.

Robert Burns School

Robert Burns School (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 112.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.78301, W100.28110
denoted by symbol on the map above


Alexander West topographic map, 62F/16 West, Edition 1, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].

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.

Whitehead Wanderings, 1883-1983 by Whitehead-Alexander Centennial Committee, 1983. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.W53 Whi]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2021

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