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Historic Sites of Manitoba: West Treherne School No. 537 (Treherne, Municipality of Norfolk Treherne)

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The West Treherne School District was organized formally in March 1888 and a school building was erected in Treherne, in what is now the Municipality of Norfolk Treherne. In 1891, it was replaced by a two-storey wood structure then, in 1906, by a two-storey, brick building designed by Winnipeg architect Samuel Hooper, near the site of the Treherne Cenotaph. This building was destroyed by fire on 17 June 1958.

The school fire led to renewed consideration of school consolidation, and local electors subsequently approved amalgamation of their district with several from the surrounding countryside: Louise School No. 116, East Treherne School No. 298, Cassandra School No. 445, Centreville School No. 606, Boyne Creek School No. 620, Wilson Glen School No. 713, Arbroath School No. 796, McCreery School No. 797, Pinkerton School No. 1074, and Matchettville School No. 1342. While a new school building was constructed, classes were held at various places around Treherne, including the Masonic Hall, Legion Hall, Fumerton’s Hall, old post office building, and the old movie hall. Later, the building of Cassandra School was moved into town and used as a classroom. The new school opened in September 1962.





Ezra Hamilton (1864-?)


J. W. McNabb


A. L. McLean


John Willson Morrison (1883-1948)


Frederick James Ney (1884-1973)


Robert McKay Stevenson (1882-1970)




Fred W. Harrison


Merodach Green


Jesse C. French


Annie M. McIntosh


Alfred James Struthers (1889-1979)


Annie M. McIntosh


John Alexius Peterson (c1885-1959)


Jesse C. French


Maurice Sanger


Harvey Richard Brown (1895-1962)


Martin Kavanagh (1895-1987)


George Archibald Coulthard (1890-1964)


Victor Harvey Hugo (1888-1972)


John Gilbank Anderson (1912-2003)


John Clayton Stewart (1906-1990)


John Osborn Wilson (1900-1972)


Maxwell Addison Parker (1912-2004)


James F. Hunter


M. A. Parker


R. V. Johnson


David Wallace Shaw (1932-2008)


R. Vandenberghe


Some of the teachers who taught at West Treherne School were George B. Wilson, Dorothy Irene Madill Hudson, Maurice Alfred Decosse, and Olive Lillian Mills.

Photos & Coordinates

West Treherne School

West Treherne School (circa 1908)
Source: Education Department Report, 1908, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Postcard view of West Treherne School

Postcard view of West Treherne School (1908) by Winnipeg Photo Company
Source: Andrew Cunningham

Postcard view of the second West Treherne School, used from 1906 to 1958

Postcard view of the second West Treherne School, used from 1906 to 1958 (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0075

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.62685, W98.69737
denoted by symbol on the map above


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

Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine: A History of Treherne and Surrounding District by Treherne Area History Committee, 1976, pages 38-40.

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.

We thank Andrew Cunningham and the office staff of the RM of South Norfolk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 December 2021

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