History & Archives

A Montreal Institution

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  • A Montreal Institution

    Trafalgar first opened its doors to students in September 1887, making it Montreal's oldest English private school for girls.  Effie Baker was the only student that day, but another arrived that evening, as did many more in the weeks and years to come. 

    The opening followed years of dedicated planning by several visionary Montreal leaders, beginning with Donald Ross. Ross acquired a property called the Trafalgar Estate, then generously made a bequest of it so that trustees could erect, establish and forever maintain a school for girls.
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Online Archives

Trafalgar’s yearbook (Echoes), alumnae magazine (The Victory), and other publications provide a window on the world of the school over the years. Many of these are now available for browsing on the Internet Archive website. You will find the Year selection on the left. Use the “Search” function (click on the magnifying glass icon just to the right of the open publication) to find specific topics or people: for example, if you type in your name, flags will appear at the bottom of the screen, indicating each page where your name appears. Simply click a flag and you will be taken to that page where the searched text will be highlighted. There are a variety of download options to make your reading experience easier.

Trafalgar School for Girls

3495 Simpson Street
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 2J7
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