Lady Landlords and the Final Defence of Landlordism on Prince Edward Island: The Case of Charlotte Sulivan
AbstractMost of the proprietors and politicians involved in the century-long struggle to end landlordism on Prince Edward Island were men. By 1875, however, when legislation compelled proprietors to sell their estates to the government, women owned some of the Island’s largest estates. One of these, Charlotte Sulivan, fought the legislation in the Colonial Office, the public press, and the newly established Supreme Court of Canada. Charlotte’s activities as an Island landlord were very much in keeping with her activities as a member of London’s elite. On Prince Edward Island, however, she was fighting a losing battle to maintain ownership of her 66,000-acre estate.