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Historic Sites of Manitoba: South Central School / Carlton School (Graham Avenue, Winnipeg)

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The first school at this site, called the South Central School, was a two-storey, two-room brick structure, designed by architect brothers C. A. Barber and E. W. Barber, and built in 1881 on Graham Avenue between Carlton and Hargrave Streets, on six lots belonging to the Hudson’s Bay Company (two of which were purchased for $100 each, with the other four donated by the company). Four classrooms were added to the building in 1882 and four more were added in 1886. The school was renamed Carlton School in 1898, to avoid confusion with Central School No. 1 (Victoria School), Central School No. 2 (Albert School), and North Central School (Norquay School).

The entire structure was demolished in 1903 and replaced at the same site by a new three-storey Carlton School, designed by local school architect J. B. Mitchell. This building was used for nearly 27 years. It was purchased by the T. Eaton Company and demolished in April 1930, to allow expansion of a parking lot for the company’s nearby department store. The staff and students were transferred to Alexandra School.





Mr. A. E. Springer


Daniel J. McIntyre (1852-1946)


Francis Ferguson Kerr (c1861-1938)


James Henry McCarthy (1863-1940)


Thomas Laidlaw (1865-1926)


Alice Elvira Talbot Matheson (1867-1949)


Marion Isabel McDougall (1874-1951)


Annie Milne (1876-1942)


Carrie Maud Yuill (1877-1938)


School Year





Miss Maggie Agnew (Standard 7), Miss Rose Currie (Senior 5), Miss Hill (Junior 1), Miss Jessie Holiday (Standard 3), Francis Ferguson Kerr (Standard 8), Miss Lethbridge (Senior Standard 1), Miss McKenzie (Standard 4), Miss Nimmons (Standard 4), Miss Z. Patterson (Junior 5), Miss Talbot (Standard 6), Clara G. Walsh (Standard 2)


Miss R. Currie (Standard 6 & 7), Miss Hill (Junior 1), Miss Jessie Holiday (Standard 3), Francis Ferguson Kerr (Standard 8), Miss McCracken (Senior Standard 1), Miss Nimmons (Standard 5), Miss B. Rogers (Standard 7), Jessie Isabella Ptolemy (Standard 5 & 6), Miss Somerset (Standard 4), Clara G. Walsh (Standard 2)


Miss Agnew, Miss Christie, Miss Hill, Miss J. Holiday, Miss McCracken, Jessie Isabella Ptolemy, Miss Rogers, Clara G. Walsh, Tilla E. Zinkan




Miss Calloway, Miss Christie, Miss B. Conklin, Miss Holiday, Miss Macdougall, Miss M. F McDonald, Miss McIlroy, Miss Rogers, Miss L. Talbot, Miss Webster




Miss N. Anderson, Miss Calloway, Miss Christie, Miss Conklin, Miss Halliday, Miss Holcroft, Miss Macdonald, Miss McIlroy, Miss Rogers, Miss Webster


Miss K. Anderson, Miss N. Anderson, Miss M. Calloway, Miss M. Christie, Miss B. Conklin, Miss A. McIlroy, Miss M. F. McDonald, Miss M. McDougall, Miss R. Rodgers, Miss E. Webster


Miss Calloway, Miss Christie, Miss Doupe, Miss Halliday, Miss M. L. Hislop, Miss Monteith, Miss Shore, Miss Webster


Miss M. Christie, Miss J. K. Clements, Miss S. Doupe, Miss M. Halliday, Miss M. McDougall, Miss J. McEwan, Miss H. Monteith, Miss Grace Shore, Miss E. Webster


Miss M. Christie, Miss K. Clements, Miss O. Clint, Miss M. Halliday, Miss L. Martin, Miss M. McDougal, Miss H. Monteith, Miss G. Shore, Miss E. Webster


Miss K. Clement, Miss M. Halliday, Miss J. Holiday, Miss Mary Marrin, Miss Laura E. Martin, Miss M. McDougall, Miss C. Scoble, Miss Grace Shore, Miss F. Stephenson


Miss Bathgate, Miss Craig, Laura “Laurie” Cull, Miss A.R. Gordon, Miss Harris, Miss Marrin, Miss Stephenson


Miss E. Carley, Laura “Laurie” Cull, Miss M. M. Gordon, Miss K. Haffner, Miss E. Holiday, Miss D. Howland, Miss E. Stephenson




Miss G. Addison, Miss F. Blake, Miss A. R. Gordon, Miss F. Harper, Miss L. Hayward, Miss M. Hossack, Miss H. Kay, Miss E. O’Donnell, Miss E. M. Rose


Miss G. Addison, Miss L. Brandon, Miss M. Gall, Miss F. Harper, Miss M. Hossack, Miss A. L. Irwin, Miss M. Matthew, Miss E. O’Donnell, Miss E. M. Rose, Miss E. Thompson




Miss G. M. Addison, Miss Irene Bradley, Miss E. Eason, Miss M. Gall, Miss F. E. Harper, Miss A. L. Irvin, Miss E. O’Donnell, Miss M. W. Reid, Miss E. M. Rose


Miss G. Addison, Miss I. Bradley, Miss M. Gall, Miss F. Harper, Miss A. Irwin, Miss E. Mitchell, Miss O’Donnell, Miss M. Reid, Miss E. Rose


Miss Addison, Miss Drummond, Miss Gall, Miss Irwin, Miss Julia Leckie, Miss O’Donnell, Miss Rose, Miss Turner, Miss Wallace


Miss M. K. Drummond, Miss A. L. Irwin, Miss J. Leckie, Miss Celia Mitchell, Miss E. O’Donnell, Miss E. Rose, Miss L. Wallace


Miss M. Hill, Miss A. Irwin, Miss J. Leckie, Miss E. O’Donnell, Miss N. Partridge, Miss E. Rose, Miss V. Wanless


M. Hill, A. Irwin, J. Leckie, E. J. McArthur, M. McKinnon, R. O’Donnell, N. Partridge, A. Sharman


V. G. Craven, E. M. Gillespie, A. Irwin, J. Leckie, E. McArthur, M. E. McKinnon, E. O’Donnell, A. Sharman


E. M. Gillespie, A. Irwin, E. McArthur, E. O’Donnell, O. M. Overy, E. Rose, A. Sharman, M. Symes


I. Burke, E. M. Gillespie, E. Howard, E. McArthur, E. O’Donnell, Ruth Parker, E. Rose, I. A. Sharman, M. Symes


E. Anthony, V. Brown, M. M. Devine, E. M. Gillespie, E. McArthur, E. O’Donnell, E. Rose, I. Steeper, M. Symes, N. J. Vick




A. Blackhall, W. Bloomer, V. Brown, L. Crawford, M. M. Devine, E. O’Donnell, E. Rose, G. Spencer, I. Steeper


A. C. Blackhall, W. M. Bloomer, V. Brown, M. M. Devine, Mrs. N. B. King, E. O’Donnell, O. D. Playford, E. M. Rose, G. Spencer, K. Wooster


A. C. Blackhall, V. Brown, V. M. Bloomer, M. M. Devine, N. B. King, E. O’Donnell, E. M. Rose, G. Spencer, K. Smith, K. Wooster


A. C. Blackhall, W. M. Bloomer, V. Brown, E. Galbraith, C. Milne, E. O’Donnell, E. M. Rose, G. Spencer




W. Bloomer, V. Brown, E. S. Galbraith, B. Harris, M. Mills, C. Milne, L. McIntyre, E. M. Rose, G. Sinclair, K. Wooster


W. Bloomer, Annie Kerl, C. Milne, E. R. Mosley, E. M. Rose, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, E. Wasserman, K. Wooster


W. Bloomer, N. Goldstraw, Dora Faryon, L. Laing, Clara Milne, E. M. Rose, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, P. M. White


W. M. Bloomer, D. Faryon, N. Goldstraw, L. Laing, E. Rose, M. Shortreed, G. Spencer, P. M. White

Among the other teachers of Carlton School was Reginald Palmer.

Photos & Maps

South Central School

South Central School, later renamed Carlton School (1883) by F. V. Bingham
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Carlton #1, N12611.

Carlton School

Postcard view of the second Carlton School (circa 1912)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP0437.

Carlton School

Carlton School (circa 1915)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Carlton #3, N12613.

Carlton School

Map of the Carlton School site, with Graham Avenue at right (1906)
Source: Library and Archives Canada, Winnipeg Fire Insurance Map, 1906, No. 41.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89139, W97.14447
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexandra School (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Mary’s School (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Central Schools / Victoria-Albert School (110 Ellen Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carleton School No. 36 (RM of Morris)


Winnipeg School Board, Annual Report 1898, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

“The public schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1898, page 2.

“Opening of city schools,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 2 September 1899, page 4.

“Assignment of teachers,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 1 September 1900, page 1

“Holidays end Tuesday next,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1901, page 10.

“The staff of city teachers,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 1 September 1902, page 3.

“City schools re-open Monday,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1903.

“City schools open to-morrow,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1904, page 3.

“Assignment of Winnipeg teachers,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 September 1905.

“Changes in city schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1907.

“Re-opening of schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1908, page 1.

“Teachers named for all schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1910, page 3.

“Assignment of teachers for Winnipeg Schools which open on Sept. 15,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1911, page 9.

“City schools staff assembling in Sept.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1912, page 8.

“Opening of the Winnipeg public schools has been set for Monday next,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1913, pages 1 and 2.

“Here’s your teacher!” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1914, page 6.

“School Board assigns teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1915, page 9.

“Reduce staff of teachers at high schools Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1916, pages 1 & 12.

“Boundaries of schools are named,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 24 August 1917, page 9.

“Complete plans to open schools Tuesday for 30,000 children,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 30 August 1918, page 14.

“Teachers are selected for various grades,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1919, page 3.

“Winnipeg schools, No. 2—Carlton,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 October 1922, page 12.

“Tin box in cornerstone of Carlton School is removed,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 April 1930, page 46.

“Clearing building sites,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 May 1930, page 23.

“Many active in city’s life today attended Alexandra” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1949.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 October 2017

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