VIEW-5915 | Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown, PEI, 1916-17

Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown, PEI, 1916-17
Wm. Notman & Son
1916-1917, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Attending college was a hard-won privilege for many girls. Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) wanted to attend Prince of Wales College so that she could become a teacher, and she taught piano lessons to earn the tuition after her grandfather refused to pay it. In 1866, while attending college in Charlottetown, she lived happily with her cousin at a boarding house. Her social life revolved around Zion Presbyterian Church, but she also participated in the college debating society and newspaper. Her classes included everything from English literature to modern farm practices.

Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston, Writing a Life: L.M. Montgomery. A Biography of the Author of Anne of Green Gables (Toronto: ECW Press, 1995).

  • What

    Originally established as Kent College, Prince of Wales College was founded to provide secondary and post-secondary education for Protestant students.

  • Where

    Prince of Wales College was built in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on land donated by the colony's governor, Lieutenant Governor Edmund Fanning (1786-1805).

  • When

    Although governor Fanning donated the land for it in 1804, the college was not opened until 1820-as Kent College. In 1860, it was renamed Prince of Wales College in honour of a visit by the future King Edward VII.

  • Who

    Lieutenant Governor Edmund Fanning (1786-1805) promoted agricultural and educational progress for Prince Edward Island.