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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Strathcona Block / Ruthenian Training School (132-138 Tenth Street, Brandon)

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The three-storey brick Strathcona Block on Tenth Street in Brandon was constructed around 1905 by Joseph Henry Hughes.

In 1907, the Ruthenian Training School, dedicated to bilingual teacher training for those of Ruthenian and Galician (now referred to collectively as Ukrainian) descent, was relocated to this building. Established in 1905 on Minto Street in Winnipeg, the school operated until 1916 when the provincial government of Tobias Crawford Norris ended school instruction in languages other than English.





James Thomas Cressey (1859-1950)








B. Kudryk, Jacob Makakim, John O’Hara, D. Poersch


J. F. Barker, D. D. Chisholm, E. A. Davies, John Owen, D. Poersch



J. F. Barker, Emily Davies, Taras Dmytro Ferley


J. F. Barker, Taras Dmytro Ferley


J. F. Barker, Taras Dmytro Ferley, Frank Lord, Jacob Truthwaite Norquay, Albert Wareham


Edward Boyes, Taras Dmytro Ferley, Jacob Truthwaite Norquay, Albert Wareham, Nellie Wareham


Jacob Truthwaite Norquay, Albert Wareham


Peter Karmenski, Jacob Truthwaite Norquay


A. Douglas Cavers, Jacob Truthwaite Norquay


A. Douglas Cavers

Photos & Coordinates

Strathcona Block

Strathcona Block (March 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84765, W99.95155
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Old Central School (Tenth Street, Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexander Block (142-148 Tenth Street, Brandon)

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Henry Hughes (1857-1917)

Community Builders, Early Ukrainian Teachers by John H. Syrnick
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1964-1965 Season


Public Accounts, various years, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank Tom Mitchell and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 July 2021

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