The Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley

The Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley – Terry Currie

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society invites the public to its next historical presentation on the Irish Experience in the Ottawa Valley. We are pleased to have local Historian Terry Currie back with us for what should be a very interesting talk. The Irish influence continues today with the unique style of Ottawa Valley step dancing, fiddling and song.

currieSettlement of the Ottawa valley was initially discouraged by the French and British governments as the fur trade proved lucrative in the 18th century. Philemon Wright (from the USA) and his extended family arrived  in the Chaudière Falls area in the winter of 1800. The first wave of United Empire Loyalists and disbanded military regiments came after the War of 1812. The early 1800’s also drew several cultural groups to the Ottawa valley, primarily Scots, French-Canadians and the Irish. The Irish were the largest group in Upper Canada for most of the 19th Century (Akeson – The Irish in Ontario). Immigrants included Irish protestant farmers and landless tenants attracted to farming, lumbering and labouring on the Rideau Canal construction. A subsequent wave included Irish Catholics thanks to the initiative of Upper Canada legislator Peter Robinson. The Irish have certainly left their mark in the Ottawa Valley!

The Presentation, free and open to the general public will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch, 1:30PM Saturday October 15th 2016. Attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.

The Grants of Goulbourn

The Grants of Goulbourn

map from H. F. Wallin - 1853

map from H. F. Wallin – 1853

The Grant family has a long and influential connection with the Stittsville area. Robert Grant was an early settler on land adjacent to Concession 12 (now Hazeldean Road) in 1818. He was known as a progressive farmer and also dealt in potash and lumber. He was Goulbourn’s representative on the District Council which was the forerunner of Carleton County Council. He was also a captain in the militia, fighting in the Battle of Windmill near Prescott in Nov. 1838. He built a stone house on his farm in 1832, a house which withstood the Carleton County fire of 1870 and survived 160 years before being demolished in 1992 by a developer. His son served on local government and his property is now the site of Grant’s Crossing Shopping Center.

Farms & Families collection

Family of Robert and Eliza Grant, standing left to right John, James, and William.
Seated Bessie (Mrs John Gourlay), Robert and Mary (Mrs William Templeton) from the GTHS Photo Archives HAZ081

Our speaker is local historian and wonderful story teller and actor, John Curry.  This promises to be a informative and lively afternoon. The Goulbourn Historical Society invite all to attend this presentation at the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch, 1:30PM Saturday May 21st 2016.

Attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.

Clara’s Rib – Royal Ottawa Sanitorium

Clara’s Rib – Anne Raina

Clara's Rib bookJoin the Goulbourn Historical Society at the Stittsville Library on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Library meeting room to hear about Clara’s Rib. This book, by local author Anne Raina, tells the story of her sister Clara’s time in the Royal Ottawa Sanatorium (the San) for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Anne and Clara’s father and six more of their siblings also spent years in the San, with their father and two brothers dying of the disease.  Anne will tell Clara’s story, focusing on her years growing up in the San. She will explain why, when Clara left the San for the last time, one of her own ribs was packed in her suitcase.
 
Many of us probably remember the San which was located on Carling Avenue. It was often thought its high wrought iron gates were to allow no one in or out, except those unfortunate enough to have contracted TB.  Do you remember the tests in school when they ‘stapled’ your arm?
Anne Raina

Anne Raina

Anne has recently published two children’s books which give her a Goulbourn connection. The illustrator for these books is Julia Taylor of Munster. Anne will have copies of her three books for sale and she will be happy to sign them and chat with you.

 Attendance, parking and refreshments are free. And, as always, remember to tell a neighbour, bring a friend.

Women in the World Wars

Women in the World Wars

Join us for our March event as Kathryn Jamieson and Jennifer Adams present “Healing Hands – Medicine During the World Wars”.

Canadian nurses during World War I (Ward 33)

Canadian nurses during World War I

Nursing is the most prominent role that Canadian women played at the front in Europe both in the First and Second World Wars. Over 2000 women enlisted as nursing sisters in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI.

Kathryn Jamieson is Curator Manager and Jennifer Adams is Project Coordinator both with the Goulbourn Museum.

This event is open to everyone, with free admission, ample parking and refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Join us on March 19th 2016, 1:30PM at the Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Rd, Stittsville, ON K2S 1B8.

Heritage Celebration

Heritage Celebration – February 27th, 2016

Bring your children as well as yourselves and come celebrate our local heritage at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, Saturday February 27th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Costumed Characters

Some of our costumed Characters


Several members of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society will be in costume to regale you with their characters’ stories from pioneer days in the township. Meet the Duke of Richmond, who was the Governor General of the British colonies in North American in 1819. Meet Jacqueline, mother of five children, whose husband Jock drowned in the Jock River in Richmond, But Jacqueline has continued a lively life. Meet Samuel Mann who owned a wonderful two-story department store in Stittsville where the first local telephone was installed. Meet Maria Hill, Inn keeper in Richmond and wife of Sergeant Andrew Hill, one of the first soldier-settlers in Richmond.
2015 Photo contest entries and winners
We will also be displaying all the entries from our very successful 2015 Photo Contest – capturing vignettes of our historic past under the categories of historic barns, horses, rural mailboxes and porches.
Collecting historic photo images
Carrying on in a photographic vein, if you have family photos of Goulbourn residents dating from before 1920, please bring them to the meeting room where the Historical Society will be set up to scan them and add them to our Archive collection with your permission. We would appreciate some basic information on the subject such as date taken, name(s) and any interesting anecdotes concerning the picture.
Historic Building driving Tour
Sam Neelin on the Franktown Road (Fourht Line)

1905 – driving tour – Sam Neelin on the Franktown Road (Fourht Line)


We also have a display of some historical buildings in the former Township of Goulbourn. Pick up our map and guide and explore them on your own.
Pioneer Portrait Gallery
Make sure to look at our “Pioneer Portraits” display on the Artspace wall of the Library. This is the final weekend that these portraits will be seen at the Library.
Bring the whole family to meet local Historical characters, see fascinating photos, enjoy some coffee, tea, drinks and treats, bring your own photos – all on Saturday February 27th 2016 from 1-4 at the Stittsville Library.