GTHS Annual General Meeting

2016_Goulbourn Township_AGMThe Goulbourn Township Historical Society invites its members to its Annual General Meeting taking place January 23rd 2016.

The event will take place in the Church Hall of Christ Church, Ashton. Dinner will be at noon, price $15, followed by our annual business meeting. Details concerning reservations for dinner will be provided later. Please mark your calendar for this date and come out and support your Society.



Hobo Christmas – 1935

Hobo Christmas – 1935
terrance west

Author Terrence Rundle West joins us for a reading of ‘Hobo Christmas, 1935’ an excerpt from his book,  Not In My Father’s Footsteps. This historical novel follows two young men from the bread lines and hobo jungles of Canada to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War. Hear an uplifting story that takes place in a Canada few could imagine today, based on true events and bringing to life the true spirit of the season.

Terrence was a former teacher and administrator in the Ottawa area and although having lived in Ottawa since 1968 still fancies himself as a northerner.

Terrence has written several historical novels revolving around Canadian events.

Hearing our story can be galvanizing; which is why Canadians are turning to novels that revolve around home-grown events. And why not? There’s enough history, politics and social drama in this country to match any nation. In my writing I strive to capture the essence of the life and times in which my stories are set“.

This event will be held Saturday November 21, 2015 at 1:30PM in the Stittsville Public Library meeting room, is free and open to the whole community. It will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to chat with the author to learn more about his inspiration and research.

Finding Women on Ancestry

Finding Women on Ancestry

Building you Family Tree - the female side

Building you Family Tree – the female side

As you research your family tree do you find tracing females to be somewhat problematic? Female ancestors are often neglected in family histories and genealogies. Until recently women nearly always changed their names when they married either by law or custom. In addition women were often not allowed to sign legal documents or to own real estate in their name. Men were also the ones whose surname was carried into the next generation by the children.

Our female ancestors can be mysterious and they are waiting for you to come and find them! In this presentation, Lesley Anderson will share with you specific tools and strategies when searching for women in the Ancestry databases. This includes methods to uncover females using name variations and other search techniques. Famous and interesting women will be highlighted. The presentation will appeal to both new and experienced researchers.

Lesley Anderson has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for over 45 years and her passion for genealogy has branched out to teaching classes, speaking at seminars and conferences and doing research for others. Lesley works for as Content Specialist and has been Director of Education for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa. She Also volunteers at the Latter-day Saints Family History Library helping genealogists with their research.

Join us at 1:30PM on Saturday October 17th 2015 at the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch for this presentation Women on Ancestry. Light refreshments will be available. This presentation is free and open to all.

In the steps of Sir John A Macdonald – our Kingston trip

In the steps of Sir John A Macdonald – our Kingston trip

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister, GTHS members went on a special bus excursion to Kingston Ontario, home of Sir John A. Macdonald (he was born in Glasgow, Scotland on the 11th of January 1815).

GTHS Members approach Bellvue House National Historic Sitre.

GTHS Members approach Bellevue House National Historic Sitre.

After an early 8:30am start and a two hour bus ride we arrived at Bellevue House, a National Historic Site maintained by Parks Canada. We were introduced to the site with a 10 minute video presentation, then guided through the house and gardens by very knowledgeable interpreters. The house was his home for a very short time, but has been restored to the period of the 1840’s when he was resident.

GTHS Members in the Bellvue House Drawing Room

GTHS Members in the Bellvue House Drawing Room

The 3 acre site included a large garden that that the resident gardener has planted with heirloom vegetables that were available in the mid 1800’s. An equally impressive apple orchard was laden with heirloom apple varieties.

After a tasty lunch at Old Fort Henry overlooking the St. Lawrence we headed off to tour Kingston City Hall. It was originally designed when Kingson was the Capital of the Province of Canada. (Built in 1844, but the Capital was moved to Montrèal in 1845 and later Ottawa was selected as capital in 1857). In 1891 Sir John A. Macdonald died and was laid in state in the Memorial Hall of this very grand edifice.

Memorial Hall of Kingston City Hall. Stained Glass windows depict battles involving Canadians dirong the First World War.

Memorial Hall of Kingston City Hall. Stained Glass windows depict battles involving Canadians during the First World War.

Our trip concluded with a brief walking tour along Ontario Street inspecting the facades of the grand old buildings construced in the 1800’s. After a short coffee break we were driven back to Stittsville on our very comfortable bus arriving at 5:30pm. This was a very successful outing and thoroughly enjoyed by all participating GTHS members.


Goulbourn’s Volunteer Firefighters

Goulbourn Volunteer Firefighters

with Captain Brian Bedard

Stittsville has a long history of volunteer firefighters. Station 81 on Stittsville Main Street is operated nearly totally with volunteer firefighters while the new Station 46 on Iber Road has a volunteer firefighter component to go along with its full time firefighters.Join members of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society for an exciting presentation at the Stittsville Library followed by visit to the Fire Station Station 81 right next door. Event starts at 1:30PM May 16, 2015.

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The Great Bank Robbery in Richmond, Ontario

The Great Bank Robbery in Richmond
Guest speaker: John Curry
Mr. Curry took us back to a hot day in July 1938 when three masked menrobber robbed the Bank of Nova Scotia in Richmond. The robbery was talked about in Richmond for decades. Mr. Curry along with videographer Sandy Durocher captured the gripping story of the robbers, their escape and capture and incarceration through a video re-enactment of the events performed by drama students from Sacred Heart High School, Stittsville. Watch the video below.

The robbery was widely reported and it took over five year to catch the last gang member.
The presentation was held Saturday April 18th, 2015 at the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch staring at 1:30PM. As usual, admission and parking were free as were the refreshments.

The Bank of Nova Scotia robbed July 28th 1938.