This little girl is a granddaughter of John Swarbick, who built the Swarbick family home on Heyworth Crescent. The image was captured in the late 1940s.
In the background, you can see the old Norway Public School, and its entrance off Heyworth. That building was demolished in the early 1970s, and was rebuilt and reopened in 1976.
Norway Public is among Toronto’s oldest public schools, and the first built in the Beach. It opened officially in 1896, but its history has been traced back to a rural schoolhouse that was built nearby in 1848. Its name comes from what was then the Village of Norway, before it became part of Toronto. A large stand of Norway maples also used to grow at the corner of Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue.
A special thank you to Ann Breen who provided this wonderful image.
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