Fort Osborne Barracks

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Fort Osborne Barracks (1873-1917,1917-1968) - A Fort established in 1873 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Named Fort Osborne Barracks after Lt. Colonel William Osborne Smith, first commander of the Military District No. 10 at Winnipeg. Housed the Winnipeg Internment Camp during World War I. Relocated from the original site near the current Manitoba Legislative Building to the former campus of Manitoba Agricultural College circa 1917. Closed in 1968.

Site 1

Fort Osborne Barracks Site 1.

The first Fort Osborne Barracks was established in 1873. The barracks was located along the north end of Osborne Street on what is now the west lawn of the Provincial Legislature building.

Winnipeg Internment Camp

Winnipeg Receiving Station Plaque on the Legislative Building Lawn.

At the start of World War I Fort Osborne Barracks housed Ukrainian Canadians and other eastern Europeans imprisoned during Canada's first national internment operation. Officially deemed the Winnipeg Receiving Station it operated from 1 Sep 1914 to 29 Jul 1916. Construction of the new legislative Building and the subsequent move of Fort Osborne Barracks across the river signaled the end of that operation.

Site 2

Fort Osborne Barracks Main Building Site 2.
Fort Osborne Barracks Marker Site 2.

Fort Osborne Barracks moved circa 1917 to the former campus of Manitoba Agricultural College on the other side of the Assiniboine River. The facility was transformed into a military convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers returning from Europe. In 1919 the army took over the entire complex, officially renaming it Fort Osborne Barracks. It served as a military hospital site for veterans returning from World War I and World War II. A second site, just south of the barracks was established in the 1940s during World War II and became known as Fort Osborne Barracks South. The original site closed in 1968 with functions transferred to the nearby Fort Osborne Barracks South that site was renamed Kapyong Barracks.

Current Status

The buildings remain, now repurposed as the Asper Jewish Community Center.

Location: 139 Tuxedo Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Lat: 49.87177 Long: -97.2095

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Visited: 31 Jul 2016

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