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Memorable Manitobans: James Thomas Cressey (1859-1950)

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James Thomas Cressey
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Born at Crofton, England on 2 January 1859, he apprenticed as a teacher and trained at York Diocese Training College. He became headmaster at St. Luke’s Boys’ School before setting off to see the world. He arrived in Brandon in 1888 and, the next year, began a life-long teaching career, working successively at Perry School (1889), Northfield School, Grosse Isle School, Whitehaven School, Tyndall School, Springfield School, South Transcona School, and Beaver School (Elmwood). From 1905 to 1916, he was Principal of the Ruthenian Training School at Brandon. He was Principal of the Brooklands School District from 1918 until retirement in 1933, at which time he moved to Vancouver. He died at North Vancouver, British Columbia on 31 August 1950 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brooklands “White School” / Cressey School (1919 Pacific Avenue West, Winnipeg)


“Brooklands folk honor veteran school principal, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 1933, page 6.

“James Thomas Cressey,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 September 1950, page 8.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

A Short History of Brooklands Elementary Schools including Woodsworth, Cressey, Krawchyk, Butterworth, St. James Assiniboia School Division.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 October 2017

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