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Westbourne Post Office - 1902

Law Office & Barber Shop, Post Office

Inside the postoffice

The post office was constructed by E.A. Smalley who was the post master for 35 years. This office used to handle all the mail for northwestern Manitoba when it was still a postage stamp province.

The Westbourne Post Office was moved to the Homesteader’s Village in 1972 and was restored and opened to the public in 1973.

The post office is authentically furnished with original mail bags, roll-top desk, coal oil lamps and an ornate cook stove with a jug on top for boiling coffee.

The postmaster, Mr. Smalley, was so short that he had to use a chair to stand on so he could see through the wicket.

The heavy white canvas bag was durable enough to endure the train ride. It was quickly fastened, taken to the train station and dumped on the platform.

From 1870 to 1885, postal service in Canada was rather hit and miss. Mail was often delivered by hand and it was not uncommon for a letter to take a year to arrive. In 1885, the completion of the Trans-Continental Railway improved postal service not only at Westbourne but also throughout the Dominion.

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