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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria Beach School No. 1811 (RM of Victoria Beach)

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The Victoria Beach School District was organized in December 1915. A school building operated in the Municipality of Victoria Beach. Heated by a woodstove and with an outhouse in the backyard, the community had grown enough for a second classroom by 1939, so an addition was added along with hiring a second teacher. It expanded again in the 1950s with a third room, along with indoor plumbing and a furnace. In 1967, its area became part of the Lord Selkirk School Division. Grades 1 to 11 were taught up until 1969 when the school closed. The former school building is no longer present at the site.





Viola Mabel Carefoot


Frances Elizabeth Willard Gray Ateah (1910-1990)


Walter Gard Jose (1878-1948)


Lily May Nevin




Paul E. Carriere


Jean C. Campeau


Dennis M. Babcock


Mrs. Gilda M. Peterson


J. C. Balness


The teachers of Victoria Beach School were Allan T. Burton (1916), Elizabeth Ehman (1916-1917), Vincent P. Murphy (1917), Louise Amelia Neilson (1918), Christine Johnson (1918-1919), C. M. Brandon (1919), E. N. Very (1920), Daisy Lorraine Walker (1921), Thomas E. Black (1921-1923), Geraldine Kavanagh (1923-1926), Winnifred Gertrude Shield (1926-1927), Winnifred Gertrude Thomas (1928, 1943-1946, 1953-1960, 1965-1966), Gladys Lyle Simpson (1928-1931), Irene Merle Riddell (1931-1935), Helen Hendrie Terry (1935-1938), and Mary Beatrice Jamieson (1938-1939).




Viola Mabel Carefoot (grades 6-10), Margaret Jean Gallagher (grades 1-5)


Viola Mabel Carefoot (grades 6-10), Margaret Jean Gallagher (grades 1-5)


Frances Elizabeth Willard Gray (grades 7-11), Dorothy Maria Slaughter (grades 1-6)


Frances Elizabeth Willard Gray Ateah (grades 6-11), Ethel Wilhelmina Bailey (grades 1-5)


Frances Elizabeth Willard Gray Ateah (grades 6-11, September-December), Walter G. Jose (grades 6-11, January-June), Winnifred G. Thomas (grades 1-5)


Lily May Nevin (grades 5-9), Vernon Lorraine Trainor (grades 1-4)

The other teachers were Vernon Lorraine Trainor (1947), Lily May Nevin (1945-1946), Ernest Harold Ranson (1947), Grace Anderson (1947?-1949), Enid Louise Jonsson (1947), Soren Bernhard Jorgensen (1948-1949), Anne Ellen (1949-1950), Margaret Alice Morton (1949-1950), Violet Phyllis Bell (1950-1951), Melvin Stewart Bell (1950-1951), Lena Shewchuk (1951-1952), Michael John Shewchuk (1951-1952), Mrs. Elsie Marie Neufield (1952-1953), Peter Neufield (1952-1953), Mrs. Evelyn Carriere (1953), Steve E. Fisher (1954), Anita Rita Campeau (1954-1955), John C. Campeau (1954), Marina Lela Lester (1955-1960), Marina Chapel (1960-1964), Maria Merkatz (1960), H. Hryhorka (1961-1962), Vernon Lee (1962-1963), Roberta F. Phais (1962-1963), Mrs. Valerie Harrison (1963), John Harrison (1963-1966), Brian N. Orvis (1964), Thora Oliver (1964-1966), Sharon Whyte (1964-1965), Margaret Lesperance (1966), and Gladys Sigurdson (1966).

Photos & Coordinates

The original Victoria Beach School building

The original Victoria Beach School building (no date) by J. E. S. Dunlop
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 40.

The former Victoria Beach School building

The former Victoria Beach School building (1968)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey, Victoria Beach 5.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.70276, W96.54274
denoted by symbol on the map above


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative 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.

East Side of the Red, 1884-1984 by St. Clements Historical Committee, 1984.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

“History Hunt 100: Clues to 100 Years of History throughout Victoria Beach,” Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach, 2019.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Sheila Grover, Gordon Goldsborough, and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 February 2022

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