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Olive and Governess



Olive looking a little bored sitting in the summerhouse with her governess. It's likely that Olive would have spent most of the day, and taken most of her meals, with her governess or nurse and only visited her parents for a short time in the evening. Olive’s governess looks like she is upper class – but was actually just a domestic servant – albeit in the higher ranks of service. Social class and where you were placed in it dictated people’s lives when Olive was a child. Here’s an article on women’s status and what it meant. Look at paragraph seven to get an idea about the social rank of a governess.

Olive's outfit of white dress and back tights is typical of the early 1900s and compares well with this fashionable little girl from Cork

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