Historic Sites of Manitoba: West Derby School No. 194 (RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

The West Derby School District was established formally in April 1884, and a school building was erected on the northwest quarter of 18-3-15 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Rural Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain. The original schoolhouse was replaced in 1897, at a site half a mile east of the original one. In 1903, the building was moved to N12-3-16W. The school closed in 1951 and the district was dissolved in 1959 with its catchment area becoming part of the Holmfield Consolidated School District No. 699. The school building is no longer on the site but a fieldstone cairn dedicated on 1 July 1982 commemorates it.

Among the teachers of West Derby School were Andrew Davidson (1884) and Mrs. Mary Allen (1951).

West Derby School commemorative monument

West Derby School commemorative monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.20827, W99.49555
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

Reflections: Turtle Mountain Municipality and Killarney, 1882-1982, page 114.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 January 2021

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