Artist(s): Kiff Holland

First Schoolhouse, 1883

Mural Routes Member(s): Chemainus Festival of Murals Society Completed: 1986

Dimensions: 4.825m x 2.44m (15.10’ x 8’)

Best Viewed: From the lane behind Owl’s Nest Restaurant.

“Historical Series #17: First Schoolhouse, 1883”

In 1883, the first public school in Chemainus was built next to the route of the E&N Railway. The mural is based on an 1885 photograph.

In the background is Samuel Girdlestone Lewis, the first local teacher. He also ran a number of local businesses.

From left to right in the foreground are Jack Windsor, Fred Cottenham, Elsie and Charlie Campbell, Mary Windsor, William Thomas, George, Fred and Tom Bonsall and Joe Allard.

(Please drop by the Chemainus Visitors Centre to buy your Official Mural Guide. Proceeds from the sale go to the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society).

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Location: 9752 Willow St, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0, Canada Get Directions