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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

St. Annís Schoolhouse

 
 
St. Annís Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. St. Annís Schoolhouse Marker
Inscription. This log cabin is one of the oldest buildings in western Canada. It was built in the French-Canadian fur trade post and sill style between 1843 and 1852. Bishop Modeste Demers purchased it from carpenter Leon Morel in 1855 and transferred it to the Sisters of St. Ann to use as a schoolhouse. The Sisters arrived in June 5, 1858, living and teaching the children of colonial Victoria in this school which was their first convent.

The first 12 students included Morelís young daughter, Emilie, the Helmcken daughters and those of Governor James Douglas. First Nation students and Kanaka Islanders also attended classes here.

The schoolhouse was originally located on the grounds of what became St. Annís Academy. In 1974 it was moved to this location. This historic building celebrated its 150th anniversary of education in 2008.

[Photo caption]
Actors portray the arrival of the Sisters of St. Ann, June 5 1858 on its 150th anniversary. RBCM Human History, IMG_5242.
 
Location. 48° 25.164′ N, 123° 22.014′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Douglas Street and Belleville Street on Douglas Street. Touch for map. St. Ann's Schoolhouse is located in Thunderbird Park, near the Royal

St. Annís Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. St. Annís Schoolhouse
British Columbia Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sisters of St. Ann (here, next to this marker); Dr John Sebastian Helmcken (a few steps from this marker); Sir James Douglas (a few steps from this marker); St. Annís Pioneer Schoolhouse (a few steps from this marker); Elliot Street Square (a few steps from this marker); Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken (a few steps from this marker); Log Cabin to Victorian Parlour (a few steps from this marker); Cecilia Helmcken (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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