2015 Photo Contest results are in!

2015 Photo Contest results are in!

Our 2015 Photo Contest received over 60 entries in four different categories. Judging has taken place and winners will be presented with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes on Saturday December 12th 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Stittsville Library. Don’t miss our exhibit displaying all the entries as part of our Heritage Day celebrations on February 27, 2016 at the Stittsville Public Library.
GTHS Photo Contest Winners 2015
Contest results:

Old and historic barns

1st. Barry Gray | 2nd. Lorna Graham | 3rd Jay-Dee Purdie

Front porches
1st. Lorna Graham | 2nd Allanah Alibhai

Rural mailboxes
1st. Dan Pak | 2nd Abu Alibhai | Adam Alibhai

1st Marilyn Cottrell | 2nd Lynn Abson

click here to see our gallery of all photo contest winning images.

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.

Photo Contest – 2015

GTHS Annual Photo Contest – 2015

GTHS2015_horse_Photo_contestThe deadline of October 17th 2015 has passed and entries are no longer being accepted for this year’s photo contest. This was your opportunity to explore your community in search of that prizewinning shot. Entries are now being judged. Stay tuned to find out who the creative winners are. The purpose of the contest was to express the spirit of historic Goulbourn.

This year’s categories were:

  1. Old and historic barns
  2. Front porches
  3. Rural mailboxes
  4. Horses

All photos must be taken in 2015 within the confines of the former township of Goulbourn (Ashton, Munster, Richmond, Stittsville and the rural lands surrounding them). A maximum of two images were accepted for each category. You were required to identify the location and any relevant and historic information about the subject of the photo. Photos were submitted electronically. There was no entry fee. Prizes will be awarded in each category. All submitted images will become the property of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society and added to our photographic library.

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 Ancestry.ca 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.