Wednesday, 03 August 2016 17:00

Doc's Town celebrates 100th anniversary of Turnhill School, July 30-31, 2016

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Doc''s Town Heritage Village in Swift Current celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Turnhill School building on July 30 and 31. A reunion of former students and staff took place during the weekend as part of the celebration. Turnhill School was originally located northeast of Waldeck. The first school building at this site was constructed in 1906. It was replaced in 1912 with another building, which burnt down in 1914. The building at Doc’s Town was the third structure on the Turnhill School site. It was constructed in 1916 when local ratepayers donated six days of their labour. The school was closed in 1961 and students were transported by bus to Waldeck. Ratepayers decided to keep the building as a community centre, but in 1965 it was donated to the Swift Current Centennial and Jubilee Association. It was moved to the Swift Current fair grounds, where it was one of the first three buildings at the Doc’s Town Heritage Village.

 

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Matthew Liebenberg

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