Fairbridge Boys at Fintry
Greater Vernon Museum & Archives, photo #2152
The Fintry Fairbridge School operated as a “finishing school” where youth from the Prince of Wales school spent the summer learning to farm cattle and tend the orchard under the supervision of Angus Gray. The boys worked mainly in the orchard while the girls did housekeeping under the direction of two cottage mothers. Each boy arose at 6:30 a.m. daily to work six hours in the orchard and packinghouse. They learned how to pick and pack Macintosh apples for shipment to England under the distinctive Fintry label. The school held baseball and cricket games during free time. The boys lodged at Dun‑Waters’s house and slept on cots in the screened-in verandah. The girls slept inside the house. The trophy room was converted to a play area, with a ping-pong table and British children’s magazines such as Chatterbox and Boy’s Own Paper alongside Dun‑Waters’s hunting trophies and Kodiak bear.