St. Ann's Schoolhouse

St. Ann's Schoolhouse (HMWVW)

Location: Victoria, BC V8V 2P8 Capital
Country: Canada
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N 48° 25.164', W 123° 22.014'

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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 Morel's 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. Ann's Academy. In 1974 it was moved to this location. This historic building celebrated its 150th anniversary of education in 2008.

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Actors portray the arrival of the Sisters of St. Ann, June 5 1858 on its 150th anniversary. RBCM Human History, IMG_5242.

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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 5:09am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 472853 N 5362981
Decimal Degrees48.41940000, -123.36690000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 25.164', W 123° 22.014'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 25' 9.84" N, 123° 22' 0.84" W
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Area Code(s)508, 781, 978, 339, 617
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-654 Trans-Canada Hwy, Victoria BC V8V 2P8, CA
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