Salute to the Irish


Due to the unprecedented pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus, your executive has decided to cancel our March 21 2020 event – A Salute to the Irish – Music and stories with Kevin Dooley and Doug McKenna.

A Salute to the Irish – Music and stories

with Kevin Dooley
Saturday March 21 2020 1:30pm
Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville

Join us for an entertaining afternoon of Irish music and stories presented by well know performer Kevin Dooley.

Early settlers of Goulbourn Township were chiefly of Protestant Irish descent, some of them veterans of the wars with Napoleon, giving a distinct Irish character to Goulbourn Township.

Music was one of the skills these settlers brought with them. An example was William Alexander, an early pioneer from the County Tyrone. He was a violinist of note, and during the time he ran the hotel on the 3rd line Huntley his violin was much in use. He specialized in old Irish dancing airs, but also played sentimental pieces very sweetly. Every time he played a piece for his guests he called its name. He could play about 150 different tunes.

Come and help us celebrate the Irish heritage of Goulbourn Township with the toe-tapping entertainment of Irish entertainer Kevin Dooley. This is a public programme presented by the Goulbourn Township Historical Society. Admission, parking and refreshments are free!

Working Tools

Working Tools

Saturday February 15th 2020 1:30pm

Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch

Dr. Ken Hartin’s collection of antique tools

Nigel Kilby, far left, a member of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society’s re-enactment committee, shows an historic wooden tool to fellow members, from left to right, Bram Blenk, Angela Kilby, Jennifer Chaplin and Lynn Blenk at the Historical Society’s annual meeting in 1987 (from the Stittsville New Dec 16, 1987)

Discover our display of working tools of the past and how they were used around the home.  These include irons, saws, spades and cutters.  Many of these tools can still be found in outdoor sheds, basements or workshop in working order as they are hard to break, even outlasting modern items.

Do you have an old working tool that you would want to show and possible identify?  Bring it along and together we might figure it out!

This even if free and open to the general public. Drop in during the afternoon and see out exhibit. As always there will be refreshments.

We also encourage you to view our annual photo exhibit in the Library’s “ArtSpace” during the month of February. This year we are also focussing on tools of our ancestors.


2020 AGM

AGM – January 18 2020

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society AGM and dinner is scheduled for Saturday January 18th 2020 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 2 Mulkins Street, Stittsville. Arrive at 12:45pm for registration and a delicious dinner followed by our meeting to begin around 2 pm.

This is a social time to visit with and get to know other members, as well as an important function for our Society.  We need your support to enact our business !  So come and meet your friends in the Historical Society.  There will be a time for you to share any ideas for programs or services you would like to see the Society undertake. There will be a delicious, hot dinner at a cost of $20 per person, followed by the general meeting.

In order to arrange catering, please RSVP by Friday, January 10th to: .Payment can be made at the door when you arrive.

Unable to attend?
Please mail your membership payment (single $15 / family $20) to our address listed below. Should any information regarding your GTHS membership change please notify the membership co-ordinator, Nancy Peppy, at  This will help to ensure that we have the correct and precise details when tax receipts, newsletters, programme information or any other correspondence is sent from the Society.”

Brawling Bytown – The Shiners’ War

Conflict and Confrontation: The Shiners War and Violence in Early Bytown

by Grant Vogl
at the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch
on Saturday Nov. 16, 2019, 1:30pm

“A greater set of ruffians than the whole population of Bytown would be hard to find…”
Founded in 1826 as a canal worksite, Bytown (now Ottawa) quickly gained a reputation as one of the most violent towns in all of British North America. Conflict was everywhere.
 When work on the Rideau Canal was completed in 1832 the burgeoning lumber industry became one of the few means of employment. Many canal workers, who had little experience felling trees or sawing timber, sought to open up employment opportunities through intimidation of the existing and largely French-Canadian workforce. In 1835 the conflict became organized under leaders like Peter Aylen, the self-styled “King of the Shiners.”
This presentation will explore the conditions that created conflict in Bytown from the early days of the Rideau Canal through the period known as the “Shiner’s War” and to the town’s re-branding as Ottawa in 1855.


Grant Vogl is the Collections and Exhibitions Manager of the Bytown Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. Grant manages the Museum’s historic artefact collection, permanent, temporary, and community galleries, and has curated numerous special exhibitions highlighting the events, people and stories that have made Ottawa history.

This  free event is open to everyone. It is being held in the Stittsville Legion on Saturday November 16, 2019 at 1:30pm. Parking and refreshments are free. Please tell a neighbour and bring a friend.

Politics in Carleton District: An Historical Presentation

Politics in Carleton District: An Historical Presentation

Presented by Shaun Peppy

Saturday, October 19, 2019

At the Richmond Legion starting at 1:30pm

Shaun Peppy as his alter-ego Colonel George Thew Burke

Join history buff Shaun Peppy for his presentation focusing on the political history of Carleton County and some of its more interesting candidates, representatives and elections over the years. Shaun Peppy has degrees in Political Science and has worked much of his career in parliamentary affairs. As well as Vice-President of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, Shaun is often found at local events in authentic costume as his alter-ego Colonel George Thew Burke (Carleton County’s 2nd elected representative from 1821-1828).

Carleton County

Carleton County is bounded on the north by the Ottawa River, north-east by the county of Russell, south-east by the county of Dundas and the Rideau River, and on the south-west by the County of Lanark.

The electoral district of Carleton has played a fascinating and important part in the political history of Canada for over 200 years. Carleton County has had its own seat in the elected legislatures of Canada since 1820, following the establishment of the first settlements in the area.  Carleton was host to many colourful candidates, several of whom are very important and well known in Canadian history. Like any federal election, there have been times when the issues debated were of a very local nature and others when Carleton was swept up in the national issues of the day

Join Shaun Peppy for this presentation on Saturday, October 19, at 1:30, at the Richmond Legion, 6430 Ottawa Street West, Richmond, ON, K0A 2Z0. This event is free and open to everyone. There is plenty of parking and free refreshments.

British Home Children – The Clark Boys from Quarrier’s

British Home Children – The Clark Boys From Quarrier’s to Eastern Ontario
Presented by Gloria Tubman

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Auditorium at Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence
6130 Hazeldean Road, Stittsville ON K2S 2M2

Join researcher and genealogist Gloria Tubman for her presentation on British Home Children and the techniques and resources used to unravel the life of Scottish home children, including brothers Archibald and George Clark.

On April 14, 1908, 14-year old George Clark and his 11-year-old brother Archibald, both from Orphan Homes of Scotland, founded by William Quarrier, located in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, Scotland, arrived in Canada.  They then travelled to Brockville (Fairknowne House – also owned by Quarrier) on April 16, 1908 but were shortly separated by being placed in different farms to work in Ontario. A few years later, both would go to fight in WWI.  One brother came back to Canada . . . one did not.

Gloria Tubman, a descendant of a British Home Child, has spent the past 20 years researching family histories and British Home Children. An interest in genealogy and local history led to authoring “Genealogy Gleanings” in The Equity, Shawville’s weekly newspaper. She volunteers at the Ottawa Family History Centre and is a member of BIFHSGO, the Ontario Genealogy Society, the Irish Research Group, and the Ontario East British Home Child Family. She was the co-chair of the 2013 and 2014 BIFHSGO conferences.

We are pleased to have Gloria Tubman on this date as September 28th is commemorated provincially as British Home Child Day in Ontario. Come and hear this interesting topic at a new location, The Auditorium at Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence, 6130 Hazeldean Road, Stittsville ON K2S 2M2, Saturday September 28, 2019 starting at 1:30 PM. As usual this presentation is free to the public. Join us for an enlightening afternoon.