Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Michael’s Academy (Victoria Avenue East, Brandon)

On this site facing Victoria Avenue East in Brandon, on the southeast corner of its intersection with First Street, stood the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Academy. Designed by architects Joseph-Azarie Senecal and NAME, it was constructed between 1909 and 1910 by contractor Alfred Edward Bullock under the supervision of local architect Thomas Sinclair.

The facility was a senior day and boarding school operated by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. It was later used as housing for elderly nuns and was finally demolished. As of 2007, the site is occupied by a residential complex for seniors.

Among the teachers of St. Michael’s Academy was Mary St. Laurence [Henrietta Molloy] (16 years).

St. Michael's Academy

St. Michael’s Academy (October 1937)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7456, Album 4, Page 64.

St. Michael's Academy

St. Michael’s Academy (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Brandon - St. Michaels Academy 15.

St. Michael's Academy

St. Michael’s Academy (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Brandon - St. Michaels Academy 19.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84171, W99.93812
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph-Azarie Senecal (1841-1917)

Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Sinclair (1877-1913)

Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Edward Bullock (1871-1957)

The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions by Antoine S. Lussier
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 23, Number 4, Summer 1978


“St. Michael’s day celebrated,” Brandon Sun, 7 October 1909, page 19.

Obituary [Reverend Mother Mary St. Laurence], Winnipeg Tribune, 6 July 1964.

We thank Tom Mitchell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2023

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