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Victoria Academy, Merton, 1896 (S.S. #15, Merton, Halton County)


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Victoria Academy, Merton, 1896 (S.S. #15, Merton, Halton County)


The back of this photograph is most interesting because someone has written all the names of the people in the photo and they have also written, "Attendants of Victoria Academy - 1896. Merton - County of Halton". This is the same building as S.S. #15, Merton, as evidenced in other school photographs - groups are usually posed between the same windows. If you have information on Merton's "Victoria Academy", please use the "Comments" section of this record to contact us. Thank you. Merton school was first a log building. A brick one, S.S.#15, was built in 1857 that was later demolished to make way for the highway, and a third school was built in 1923 that closed in 1958 when the new Palermo Public School on Old Bronte Road was opened. The few Merton area children went north to the new multi-classroomed school. The school was active in the life of the community with literary and drama clubs, and an active Home and School Association. Sir Thomas White who was Canada's finance minister during World War I and was acting Prime Minister when Borden attended the 1919 Paris Peace Conference had been a student at S.S. #15. Dr. A.H. Speers who became Medical Officer of Health for Burlington also attended the school at Merton.