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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Beaconsfield School No. 54 (Rignold, RM of Portage la Prairie)

The Beaconsfield School District was established in May 1878 and named for Benjamin Disraeli, the British Prime Minister from 1874 to 1880, and the First Earl of Beaconsfield. A school building was constructed at SE18-12-8W in what would later become the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie. In 1895, it was moved to a more central location in the village of Rignold at NW16-12-8W. In 1967, it became part of the Portage la Prairie School Division and closed in June 1968. Its last teacher was Mrs. Anne Poyser Pallister (1965-1968). The building was moved to a farmyard about a half mile west of its former location.

Beaconsfield School

Beaconsfield School (no date) by A. B. Fallis
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 19.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.01892, W98.51406
denoted by symbol on the map above


Cummin’s Rural Directory Map for Manitoba published by the Cummins Map Company, 404 Chambers of Commerce, Winnipeg, 1923. [Copies held by Edward M. Ledohowski and Gordon Goldsborough]

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.

Manitoba Permit Teachers of World War II, compiled by Louisa Loeb, Winnipeg: Hyperion Press Ltd., 2007.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 March 2021

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