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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Westbourne School No. 11 (Westbourne, Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone)

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A mission school operated in the vicinity of Westbourne as early as 1859. The Westbourne School District was organized in July 1871. A second school building was constructed in 1874, being replaced in 1903 by a third school that operated until 1954. The present building operated from 1955 to 2000. Through the 1970s, the older grades were moved to schools in Portage la Prairie until, by 1971, only elementary grades were being taught at Westbourne. In 2000, with declining student enrollment, the school was closed and its building was sold by the Portage la Prairie School Division to what is now the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone for one dollar. It was later sold to a private individual and, as of 2012, is being used as a music recording studio.

On the former school grounds is a monument commemorating the rural schools which operated in the vicinity of Westbourne: Adelaide School No. 32, Longburn School No. 93, The Landing School No. 951, Dundonald School No. 1322, and Nora School No. 1551.





John Dawson Evelyn (1862-1942)


Jonathan Hughes Arnett (1879-1953)


Frederick Donald MacKenzie (1882-1970)


Hugh Francis Reed (1874-1932)


John Cunningham Anderson (1862-1929)


Alfred Blakely Gillespie (1870-1939)


Jacob Truthwaite Norquay (1884-1976)


C. C. Coleman


John Leslie “Jack” Morrow (1896-1989)


Claude Amnesty Joyce (1908-1997)


Walter George Crane (1906-1979)




Mary J. Perry


Emmanuel Victor Edmond “Ed” Emond (1917-2000)




Michael Richard Firman (1909-1977)


Alex Sabeski (c1923-2014)


Leo Priebe Barkman (1925-2015)


Douglas V. Birch


F. L. Davey


Douglas Birch


Ronald Leslie Chalmers


D. A. Porter


School Year



Miss Helen Bates (junior), Mrs. Vincent Munro (intermediate), Leo P. Barkman (high school)

Photos & Coordinates

Westbourne School

Westbourne School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 5.

Westbourne School

Westbourne School (circa 1913)
Source: Education Department Report, 1913, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Westbourne School teacherage

Westbourne School teacherage (circa 1913)
Source: Education Department Report, 1913, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The former Westbourne School building

The former Westbourne School building (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Westbourne area schools commemorative monument

Westbourne area schools commemorative monument (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.13105, W98.58523
denoted by symbol on the map above


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

“Teacher’s home is classroom at Westbourne,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1954, page 12.

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.

Rural Schools of Portage la Prairie School Division #24 by Muriel Wright, 1996.

“School closure chance for city hall to act,” Portage Daily Graphic, 2007.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 May 2021

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