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.

Pioneers of Goulbourn display at the Stittsville Public Library

Pioneers of Goulbourn

Pioneers of Goulbourn - Stittsville Public Library Artspace.

Pioneers of Goulbourn – from the GTHS collection

We are pleased to present a gallery of portraits of Goulbourn Township pioneers at the Artspace in the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The presentation will be on display for the month of February 2016.

This is a careful selection of images from our extensive photo archives celebrating the pioneer families of the former Goulbourn Township.Some of the images date back to the late 1800’s and include studio portraits, group photos and airbrush portraits.

Also on display is a Scrapbook compiled by Mary Jane Argue and recently donated to the GTHS by Ellen Faulkner.

We invite you to come and appreciate these pioneers of our community.

Annual General Meeting – January 23rd 2016

GTHS-5-375_17GTHS Annual General Meeting

This is a gentle reminder of our upcoming Annual General Meeting taking place on Saturday January 23rd at Christ Church Anglican Church Hall in Ashton, starting at 12 noon. It’s an important meeting where you can show your support for the Society. A delicious dinner will be provided by the ladies of the church along with their famous pies and the cost will be the same as last year – $15. You can pay at the door, but we need to know ahead how many are coming so the ladies know how many to prepare for. Please reserve your place by replying to our Membership Chair at rderrick(remove)@rogers.com or by phoning Barbara at 613-836-2305.

Last year we discussed changing the membership year and those attending the meeting agreed that we should go ahead with this. We are now required to present it at an AGM for approval. The present by-law under Section 111 Membership, #3 states: “Annual Fees cover the period from 1 April of one year to 31 March of the following year and payment shall be due by 1 April of each year”.

The proposed wording is as follows: “Annual Fees cover the period from 1 February of one year to 31 January of the following year and payment shall be due by 1 February of each year.”

We look forward to seeing you in Ashton.

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.