Richmond Ontario – 200 years of history

June 9 2018 – Richmond – 200 years of history – John Curry

At the Richmond Legion starting at 1:30pm

What do you know about Richmond’s history? We are pleased to have well-known local historian and journalist John Curry to tease us with his in-depth knowledge of Richmond in an afternoon of stories, quizzes and a video trailer in celebration of the Village’s 200th anniversary. Will he stump you with his questions or will you be a winner?

John Curry

Mr. Curry has written much about out township’s history as editor and owner of the recently closed Stittsville News. He had also previously written a book about Richmond “Richmond on the Jock” .

The event starts promptly at 1:30pm at the Richmond Legion, 6430 Ottawa St, Richmond, ON K0A 2Z0.

The presentation, parking and refreshments are all free. Remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”.

Richmond’s Settlers: Who Were They and How to Find Them

May 30th 2018 – Richmond’s Settlers: Who Were They and How to Find Them

presented by  Jim Stanzell
Ottawa Public Library – Richmond Branch
Wednesday May 30th 2018 @ 2:00 pm

We are pleased to have long-time Goulbourn Township Historical Society member Jim Stanzell share his expert knowledge about Richmond’s early settlers, their land grants, and the sources to uncover information about them. Mr. Stanzell has traced his own family connection to Richmond to his Great-Great-Grandfather Joseph Stanzel who fought in Napoleon’s army in Moscow (1812) and ultimately ended up settling in Ashton, in  Goulbourn Township.

Mr. Stanzell has conducted extensive research on Land Patent Holders in this region and it has been published by the Ontario Genealogical Society in its publication Land Patent Holders – Goulbourn Township and Village of Richmond (This publication is available in the GTHS research centre at the Library’s Stittsville Branch). A land patent is a record of the first transaction separating land ownership from the Crown to a person.

Jim also maintains a fascinating blog of his research at
Come and find out what resources are available for searching Richmond’s settlers at the Richmond Library (not a barrier-free facility). This is an official Richmond 200th Anniversary event.

Soldiering On: Richmond through the decades

May 26, 2018 – Soldiering On: Richmond Through the Decades

Goulbourn Museum – 1:30pm

Join us for this presentation by  the Goulbourn Museum staff in a discovery of  the history of Richmond as seen through the eyes of the artefacts in the Goulbourn Museum’s collection. Learn about the key moments that shaped Ottawa’s oldest military settlement into what it is today.
 After the War of 1812, loyal settlers were sought for Upper Canada.United Empire Loyalists were regarded with increasing suspicion thus disbanded soldiers were

P. Cavanagh discharge from 99th in 1818

considered the more loyal settlers for this new era of development. Richmond (named after the Duke of Richmond, who was the newly appointed Governor General of the Canadas) was established 1818 as a military settlement. Richmond was the centre for the administration of lands in the area. Military supervisor, Major Burke, placed mainly Irish soldiers of his 99th (formerly 100th) Regiment in Goulbourn. The military relinquished control of the village in 1922. As civilians increasingly populated the village many enterprises were established to support the growing population of Goulbourn Township.

Please join us Saturday May 26th 2018 at the Goulbourn Museum at 1:30pm.  As usual this presentation is free to the public. Join us for an enlightening afternoon. Parking and refreshments are free. Please “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”


Philemon Wright

April 28 2018 – Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright – Richard Henderson

At the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch starting at 1:30pm

Join us for our April programme as Richard Henderson speaks to us about pioneer and businessman Philemon Wright.

Philemon Wright arrived from Woburn Massachusetts in 1800 and settled at the Chaudière Falls where he established the first permanent settlement at the present site of Gatineau (Hull).

Mill on the Ottawa River – painting by H. Du Vernet, 1823 (LAC C-608)

He initially intended to develop a farming community but found it was the timber trade that provided him the income to winter-over and build a settlement. He was an industrious business man, and 200 years ago, provided most of the provisions for the newly formed settlement of Richmond.

Our guest Richard Henderson is a 4th generation grandson of this illustrious settler. Richard is a career educator and author of a book “Walking in the Footsteps of Philemon Wright”. Come and enjoy an afternoon steeped in local pioneer history. This event is being held in the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch on Saturday April 28 2018 at 1:30pm. Parking and refreshments are free. Please tell a neighbour and bring a friend.

Researching Goulbourn Genealogy

March 24 2018 – Sources for Researching Goulbourn Genealogy

At the Royal Canadian Legion – Stittsville Branch starting at 1:30pm
Marilyn Cottrell, a descendant of one of Goulbourn’s original settlers (William Lackey)  as well as many other Goulbourn settlers, will be discussing Researching Your Genealogy.  The concentration will be on sources for researching Goulbourn Genealogy, but as all researchers know, sources are often difficult to find, as is information, leading to “brick walls”.  Often new ideas for finding missing information come from unexpected sources – all that to say this topic will be of interest to anyone researching family history. 
Audience participation (and input) is encouraged.
Please join us Saturday March 24th 2018 at the Stittsville Legion at 1:30pm.  As usual this presentation is free to the public. Join us for an enlightening afternoon. Parking and refreshments are free. Please “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”

Photo Exhibit celebrating Richmond’s 200th Anniversary


Stittsville Public Library February 1-28 2018 (library hours)

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society is delighted to join with the community of Richmond to celebrate its 200th anniversary this year with a selection of historical photographs from the GTHS  Archival collection.

We have selected several historical images from our extensive photo collection for this presentation. Thanks to the Ottawa Public Library, the pictures are on display in the ArtsSpace of the Stittsville Branch during the month of February 2018.