Three Photographs of Lachlan McCorkindale, Normal School Caretaker (Record Group/Fonds 814)

Lachlan McCorkindale (left) with his wife, Sarah Jane, their daughter, Edna, and a cousin named Willie

These are three photographs showing Lachlan McCorkindale (1845-1913), the caretaker of the Normal School/Department of Education buildings and property at St. James Square. The first photograph (to the right) is a portrait of Mr. McCorkindale (on the left), his wife, Sarah Jane, their young daughter, Edna, and a cousin named Willie.

The second photograph is a group shot of Mr. McCorkindale with unidentified individuals, including a Native Canadian, next to one of the school buildings. It is possible that this photograph was taken during an event which took place under the auspices of the Museum of Education and Fine Arts, housed within the Normal School buildings. The third photograph shows Mr. McCorkindale, with four unidentified women, in front of what is thought to have been his residence at the Normal School. This building became the Ryerson Dreamhouse; in the 1950s – a model home which served as both residence and classroom for Home Economic students.

The copy negatives and prints in the Archives were reproduced by the Ryerson’s University Advancement Office, from original prints provided by Ms. Lois Camplin, Lachlan McCorkindale’s great-granddaughter.