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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Normal School (1129 Queens Street, Brandon)

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This building, designed by provincial architect Victor Horwood and constructed in 1912-1913, was one of four Normal Schools in Manitoba, along with St. Boniface (1903), Manitou (1904, demolished), and Winnipeg (1905-1906). Prior to the building being constructed, the Normal School had been held in the Park School.

With Benjamin J. Hales as its Principal, the Brandon Normal School served as the centre for rural teaching instruction until the end of the 1941-1942 school year when the building was occupied by the Department of National Defence. It was turned over to the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in 1946 for its southwestern operations. It became the Agricultural Extension Centre in 1959. It is still used as office space by the provincial agricultural department. A commemorative plaque north of the building was erected by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba.





Archibald Wesley Hooper (1868-?)


Benjamin Jones Hales (1868-1945)


Clarence Moore (1884-1977)


Among the teachers who worked at the Brandon Normal School were: Charles K. Newcombe (1906), Frank B. Fenwick (1906), and J. McLaren (1906).

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Brandon Normal School

Brandon Normal School (circa 1914)
Source: Education Department Report, 1914, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Postcard view of Brandon Normal School

Postcard view of Brandon Normal School (1930s)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0019

The former Brandon Normal School

The former Brandon Normal School (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.83070, W99.95283
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central Normal School (442 William Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dauphin Normal School

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitou Normal School

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Portage la Prairie Normal School

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Boniface Normal School

Brandon Normal School, Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques

Brandon Normal School, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites


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

Brandon: A Prospect of a City by Mary Hume, 1981.

Manitoba Normal School Principals, 1939-1965, Manitoba Education Library Archives.

We thank Terry Hewitt for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 May 2018

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