Historic back-to-school photos in Mississauga

Published August 28, 2021 at 3:50 pm


Back to school time is upon us once again, and it’s interesting to take a look back and see what it looked like for students to return to school throughout Mississauga’s history.

If you’re a history buff, you might want to check out these historic images of schools and classes through the ages in Mississauga, provided by the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA).

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone.

Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E.in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.

One of the first schools in Mississauga—then known as Toronto Township—was at the village of Sheridan, in 1816. This newer school building was built in 1876.

Streetsville High School students, 1923.

Derry West’s one-room school was built onto, as need expanded. It’s seen here around 1957.

A field trip to the Toronto Township Waterworks, 1963.

After Toronto Township School Section Number 12 was closed in 1959, it sat for many years. It was declared a historic site in 1979, and reopened as a “living history” site in 1982, under the name The Old Britannia Schoolhouse.

All text and photos courtesy of PAMA

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