1961 Wreck Cove School

The Victoria Standard - - Heritage / Business - JOAN MACINNES

Back in the win­ter, I be­came ac­quainted via e-mail with a cousin who for­merly lived on the North Shore of Vic­to­ria County. It was through her that I ac­quired this photo taken fifty-eight years ago.

The stu­dents in the pic­ture at­tended Wreck Cove school si­t­u­ated op­po­site Mur­doch Mor­ri­son’s store on the Cabot Trail. The school was a one-room struc­ture with a pot belly wood stove as the only source of heat. It was de­void of in­door plumb­ing and the wash­room fa­cil­i­ties were, to say the least, very ba­sic. The teacher’s role would have been a chal­lenge with the work in­volved in the prepa­ra­tion of lessons as well as teach­ing pupils from grades pri­mary to nine.

Un­for­tu­nately, I can­not find a doc­u­ment whereby trus­tees of the school had ac­quired the piece of land on which it was built. It is my un­der­stand­ing that some­time af­ter the school closed, it was moved a short dis­tance north from its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion to the Shaw prop­erty. There again, I am unable to find a sup­port­ing doc­u­ment. In any event, it is not ex­tant.

Years ago, prac­ti­cally ev­ery small com­mu­nity in Vic­to­ria County had its own school. The North Shore was no ex­cep­tion with schools in the com­mu­ni­ties from Jersey Cove to the foot of Cape Smokey. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion had be­gun con­struc­tion on the lat­est trend which were con­sol­i­dated schools. In Sept. 1961, the North Shore Con­sol­i­dated School opened. It was cen­trally lo­cated in the com­mu­nity of Plas­ter with bus trans­porta­tion pro­vided, mark­ing the end of an era of in­di­vid­ual schools in com­mu­ni­ties up and down “The Shore”.

This 1960-61 school pic­ture was the last year at Wreck Cove School.

Back Row (L to R): Teacher, Alice Macqueen ( South Haven), Mur­doch Shaw, Don­ald Smith, Ge­orge Dauph­ney, Den­nis Smith, Dorothy Macleod, Donna Mor­ri­son, Robert Dauph­ney, John Maclennan, and Mar­ion Mac­don­ald. Front Row ( L to R): (seated): Buddy Dauph­ney,...

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