Call for Volunteers


Are you interested in local history and looking for a way to contribute to your community?  The Goulbourn Historical Society has several vacancies on its Board and is looking in particular for people with marketing experience as well as people with ideas for planning programs throughout the year. These are volunteer position and require a once-a-month attendance at a Board meeting.

 Your fellow Board members are an amiable group who all enjoy learning more about the former Goulbourn Township, which includes Stittsville, Richmond, Munster and Ashton and all the agricultural land around them. The Historical Society prepares exhibits for public presentation, offers a regular speaker’s program, undertakes research about aspects of the Township’s history, publishes brochures and books from time to time, photographs buildings of historical interest, does some costumed interpretation presentations, and maintains a digital photograph collection and keeps records of Family History and Social History files.

If you are interested in applying to become a Board member, please send an expression of your interest along with a brief bio to  by January11th 2020.


Remembering Stittsville’s fallen

Stittsville War Memorial
Honouring those who died in service for Canada

On Monday, Nov 11th 2019, a new memorial plaque was on display next to the Cenotaph for the Stittsville Remembrance Day ceremony.

GTHS committee members Bob Halberstadt, Edna Marlow, Joan Darby & Fran McCarthy (missing are Valerie Wright& Judith Richardson)

Stittsville's War Dead

Stittsville residents that died serving their country in war

The plaque commemorates thirty-nine members of Canada’s armed forces, all from the Stittsville area, who gave their lives in the two World Wars and the War in Afghanistan.  The plaque represents the vision of GTHS member Valerie Wright, who conceived the memorial, methodically researched local history files, and organized a GTHS subcommittee of volunteers to see the project through to completion.   The committee plans to install a permanent version of the plaque in the vicinity of the cenotaph sometime in the future.

Many thanks go to Edna Marlow, who organized and led the subcommittee with help from Fran McCarthy, Joan Darby, Judith Richardson, and Bob Halberstadt.  

The Goulbourn Township Historical Society is honoured to financially support this project.

The subcommittee also wishes to thank: Tom Louks and the Richmond Legion for their donation of a permanent sign.  Glen Gower, Jennifer Shepherd and the City of Ottawa for their support; Peter Holmes and Lorraine Satchell for their knowledge and helpful advice and the Stittsville Glass & Sign Co. for creating the plaque.



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.

The Village General Store

Presented by the Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road

May 25 2019 – 1:30PM

Come and join us for the Historical Society’s May 2019 event – reminiscences of the village general store – once the lifeblood of smaller communities. As well as purveyor of foods, various dry goods, clothing and hardware, it was often also the post office and a local meeting place for good advice. Goulbourn township was once dotted with these community focal points.

This event is held at the Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road. The museum is handicap accessible. Come along and bring a friend or neighbour. Parking and refreshments are free.