Arichat Academy student registers

Pictured is the former Arichat Academy. The site is currently host to the offices of the Municipality of the County of Richmond.

As early as 1824 a functioning school existed in Arichat under the tutelage of John Walsh who instructed 30 to 40 aspiring scholars.

By 1834, the school faced insurmountable financial difficulties, and as a result, the creditors, primarily John Tyrrell, a prominent Arichat merchant, foreclosed on the property and took it over, but instead of closing it, Tyrrell hired two lay teachers who instructed in English, French, Greek, Latin, history, geography, navigation, mathematics, logic, and rhetoric. This continued until 1842 when the school was closed for want of a teacher.

In the summer of 1860, Les Freres des Ecoles Chretiennes began teaching the boys of Arichat Academy. Soon 157 students were enrolled at the new school plus 28 mature students who took courses in the evening.

In 1865 the provincial government passed an act which designated the Brothers’ school and the convent as high schools. This meant that all teachers were required to take examinations in English. The brothers refused to submit to this. They resigned and were replaced by lay teachers, one of whom was Remi Benoit.

The following are taken from the registers of Arichat Academy 1924-35:

Student number 46 to student number 92 were in the Intermediate section taught by Sr. Cecile Marie

Year Gr. Name Parent Attendance

46. 1925 5 Ulysse LeBlanc Godfrey 174/196

47. 1925 5 Conrad Boutin Guillaume 186.5/196

48. 1925 5 Eddie Edwards Phillipe 172.5/196

49. 1925 5 Earl Bourinot Bertram 169/196

50. 1925 5 Francis Young Frank 119.5/196

51. 1925 5 Mark Maloney Wallace 116/196

52. 1925 5 Lila Young Frank 178.5/196

53. 1925 5 Edna Boudreau Daniel 190/196

54. 1925 5 Marion MacD. James Power 183.5/196

55. 1925 5 Marie Benoit Joseph 183.5/196

56. 1925 5 Eva Rancon Charles 181.5/196

57. 1925 5 Catherine Boucher Albert 161/196

58. 1925 4 Amedee Goyetche Alcide 91/196

59. 1925 4 Napoleon Benoit Joseph 171.5/196

60. 1925 4 Walter Petitpas Walter 170/196

61. 1925 4 Raymond Richard Pierre 167.5/196

62. 1925 4 Jean Leblanc Edouard 121/196

63. 1925 4 Hilford Burton Arthur 103/196

64. 1925 4 Marcella Wilson Daniel 191/196

65. 1925 4 Helene Mombourquette Simon 169.5/196

66. 1925 4 Cecilia Wilson Daniel 133.5/196

67. 1925 5 Germaine Goyetche Alcid 180.5/196

68. 1925 3 Gustave Benoit Joseph 173/196

69. 1925 4 Xavier Bouchard Samuel Boucher 193.5/196

70. 1925 4 Wallace Martel Joseph 89/196

71. 1925 3 Joseph Richard Pierre 177.5/196

72. 1925 3 Woodrow Wilson Daniel 136.5/196

73. 1925 3 Wilbert Stone Charles 19/196

74. 1925 3 Carl Burton Bertran 153/196

75. 1925 4 Freddie Thurgood Albert 167/196

76. 1925 3 Alexander Boucher Albert 163/196

77. 1925 3 Harold Maloney Wallace 143.5/196

78. 1925 3 Edouard LeBlanc Andre 176.5/196

79. 1925 3 Thelma MacDonald James Power 189/196

80. 1925 3 Agathe LeBlanc Godfrey 163/196

81. 1925 3 Anna Boucher Samuel 192/196

82. 1925 3 Emilie Boudreau David (C.A.) 176/196

83. 1925 3 Dorothy Young Frank 179.5/196

84. 1925 3 Bernadette Richard Pierre 166/196

85. 1925 3 Georgina LeBlanc Casimir 12/196