Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lees School No. 579 (Municipality of Norfolk Treherne)

This monument in the Municipality of Norfolk Treherne commemorates Lees School, which was established in a building on the southwest quarter of 32-7-8 west of the Principal Meridian, in May 1889. It closed in January 1963 with the remaining students going to Rathwell Consolidated School No. 578 or Notre Dame de Lourdes Consolidated School No. 2390.

Among the teachers of Lees School were Hannah M. K[illegible] (Spring-Fall 1890), Melissa Taylor (Spring 1891 - Fall 1892), W. H. Sims [Simms?] (Spring - pt Fall 1893), H. McKenzie (pt Fall 1893), R. A. Clarkson (Spring-Fall 1894), Lydia Buchanan (Spring-Fall 1895), Isabel Munro (Spring 1896 - Spring 1899), Lily Hilton (Fall 1899 - Spring 1900), Winifred Palmer (Fall 1900 - Spring 1901), Alexander Shirriff Morrison (Fall 1901), records unavailable (Spring 1902 - Fall 1904), Edith H. Croll (Spring 1905), Robert Doucette (Fall 1905 - Fall 1906), Thomas Addison Neelin (Spring 1907 & Spring 1908), G. Gor[illegible] (pt Fall 1907), J. R. Shanes? (pt Fall 1907), Georgina Gilmore (Fall 1908), and Frances E. Forbes (Spring-Fall 1909).

Lees School

Lees School (no date) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 91.

Lees School commemorative sign

Lees School commemorative sign (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.60648, W98.50569
denoted by symbol on the map above


Board of Education registers (A 0050), GR7643, Archives of Manitoba.

Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, 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.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 March 2023

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