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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Darwin School No. 1576 (Municipality of West Interlake)

The Darwin School District was organized formally in August 1911 and a school building was erected on the northwest quarter of 2-24-9 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Municipality of West Interlake. The original school building was later replaced. The district was dissolved in 1967. The building is no longer present at the site, having been moved to the Ashern Museum, but a fieldstone monument commemorates it.

Among the teachers of Darwin School was Byron Neal Jones (1966-1967).

Darwin School

Darwin School (no date) by R. Goulet
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 143.

Darwin School

Darwin School (no date) by R. E. Beecher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 143.

The former Darwin School building at the Ashern Museum

The former Darwin School building at the Ashern Museum (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Darwin School commemorative monument

Darwin School commemorative monument (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.05234, W98.63070
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ashern Pioneer Museum (Ashern, Municipality of West Interlake)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Darwin School (175 Darwin Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Darwin Station School No. 1950 (RM of Whitemouth)

Sources:

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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Darwin School District No. 1576 Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 July 2020

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