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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ravensworth School No. 1185 (Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman)

The Ravensworth School District was organized formally in April 1902. A school building operated on land purchased from farmer Paterson Haggerty, on the southeast quarter of 27-35-26 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman. The first teacher was J. L. Shuttleworth. A fringe of spruce trees around the site was planted in 1909 by teacher Mr. Sizeland, one of which still stands.

The school closed in 1967. The building stood at the site until 18 May 1998 when it was pushed down and burned. A portion of the foundation and the front steps remain at the site, along with a commemorative monument.

The first Ravensworth School building

The first Ravensworth School building (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 73.

The second Ravensworth School building

The second Ravensworth School building (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 73.

The former Ravensworth School building

The former Ravensworth School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 677.

The former Ravensworth School building

The former Ravensworth School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 675.

Ravensworth School commemorative monument

Ravensworth School commemorative monument (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N52.02802, W101.08501
denoted by symbol on the map above

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.

Boots, Buggies & Buses: Swan Valley Schools in Quest of Education, Swan Valley School Division No. 35, circa 1998.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 February 2021

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