The young ladies are dressed in their lacedup boots and clean aprons, schoolmistresses
in their high-necked dresses, and boys in their thick woollen jackets and breeches.
That sort of thing is all over: schoolmistresses
in their 30s fall passionately in love with young teenage boys, but the roles seldom seem to be reversed.
Elizabeth Jane Errington, Wives and Mothers, Schoolmistresses
and Scullery Maids: Working Women in Upper Canada, 1790-1840 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press 1995).
This had once s been a teacher training college, set up in 1856 to provide an educas tion to Catholic schoolmistresses
by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
The vast majority of those schools were operated by the Church of England, and in smaller communities they were directly managed by the local parish clergyman, who, in effect, employed the schoolmasters and (to an increasing degree) schoolmistresses
The next schoolmistresses
, 21-year-old Miss Jane Allen and her 16-year-old sister, Mary, stayed 20 years.