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124. 1857 Emigrating to Canada: A Memoir, by Richard Lester
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Personal memoirs of 19th century immigrant tradespeople are rare indeed. An English bricklayer, Richard Lester, brought his large family to Ottawa in 1857 and wrote this one about 1900. It is a rich account of their hair-raising journey from England and 50 years of settler life here. Lester was also a prolific poet whose many compositions reveal not only an honest, hardworking and moral man, but a romantic and wise one; find them in the “Document History” section of Bytown Pamphlet no. 124. Download ( pdf )
123. The First Danes in Ottawa
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Although never very numerous, Danish immigrants to Ottawa quickly found each other and gathered socially, thus forming a distinct Danish community. They integrated quickly and effortlessly, while remaining proud of their background and heritage. The author focusses on 12 families who represent fairly the community and who in several cases provided its agenda and leadership. Download ( pdf )
122. Victorian Hydroelectricity Generation at the South Chaudière Falls (Ottawa, Ontario)
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Early hydroelectricity generation at the South Chaudière Falls on the Ottawa River required a constant flow of high volume, log-free water, achieved through channels dams, channels, flumes and log diversion. This is a detailed history of four early hydroelectric generating stations. Written by Bryan Cook. Download ( pdf )
120. Phyllis Turner Ross – Career Woman and Single Mother
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This is the story of Phyllis Gregory Turner Ross, the remarkable mother of Canadian Prime Minister John Turner who, after a rocky start in England, came to Ottawa as a single mother in the 1930s and worked her way up to become the highest-ranking woman in Canada’s wartime civil service. Written by Paul Litt and Christine F. Jackson. Download ( pdf )
119. Henry Gilchrist – Quarriers’ Home Child
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Learn how the purchase of two antique charcoal portraits in the Ottawa Valley led the author to identify a family of Scottish pioneers who had settled in Lanark County. Discover how the young British “home child” they informally adopted grew up to build a successful life for himself as a pioneer Prairie farmer. Written by Bryan D. Cook. Download ( pdf )
118. Ahearn and Soper — The Electrification of Ottawa
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In the late 19th century, two young telegraphers, Thomas Ahearn and Warren Soper, recognized the value of hydroelectric power in electrifying the National Capital Region. They contributed much towards making Ottawa a capital worthy of the 20th century. The story of their partnership is told by Bryan D. Cook. Download ( pdf )
116. Poetry of the Chaudière
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A compilation of poetry written between 1856 and 2019, inspired by the Ottawa River’s Chaudière Falls in the heart of the National Capital Region; with contemporary commentaries on the individual poems by Bryan D. Cook. Download ( pdf )
115. Lord Elgin’s Visit to Bytown And the Reminiscences of Mary Anne By Friel
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Mary Friel’s 1901 account of Governor General Lord Elgin’s visit to Bytown in 1853, with historical context on Elgin’s role in introducing responsible government, written by James Powell. Download ( pdf )
114. Ottawa Mobilized - A Geographic Record of the City in Wartime
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Detailed historical descriptions of the extensive real estate constructed for and occupied by the military units established in Ottawa over the last 200 years, written by Richard Collins. Download ( pdf )
113. Prize Money: Spanish Silver & the Rideau Canal
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Why were local contractors building the Rideau Canal like Ottawa’s Thomas Mackay paid handsomely by the British War Office with barrels of Spanish silver coins? And learn how the debates in the British House of Commons reveal why Colonel John By did not receive the acclaim he was due in his day. By Alastair Sweeny. Download ( pdf )
112. Genteel Woman in Need: Maud Lampman, First Woman Appointed to Work on Parliament Hill
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Maud Lampman’s story reveals her life with a contemporary Canadian celebrity, as well as the challenges faced by all women having to support themselves and their families at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. The author recounts how Maud found a position in the federal civil service and her short-lived success. By Dianne Brydon. Download ( pdf )
111. The Store – A Personal History of Larocque’s
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Until 1971 Larocque’s independent—and bilingual—department store on Dalhousie Street was a mainstay serving the largely French-Canadian residents of Ottawa’s Lowertown for 62 years. The author’s personal story combines facts and memories—of the people, the business and the building that were also central to his family for 45 years. By Robert Vineberg. Download ( pdf )
110. The Ottawa Canoe Club 1883–1913
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For 50+ years the Ottawa Canoe Club was an important sporting and social hub in Ottawa, attracting members of high society to activities like camping, cruising, paddling, sailing and racing. Describes the changeable fortunes of the OCC against competing local and regional canoe clubs up to its merger with another club in 1913. By Alan B. McCullough. Download ( pdf )
109. Ottawa's Historic Vineyards
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An examination of the little-known and fascinating vineyards established in Ottawa during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, along with a brief review of the early days of Canadian wine-making in general. Also includes references to the most recent attempts to reintroduce viticulture to the Ottawa Valley. By James Powell and Karen Lynn Ouellette. Download ( pdf )
106. Protests and Affordable Housing Policy Delayed: Urban Renewal and the Demolition of LeBreton Flats
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LeBreton Flats was an Ottawa neighbourhood expropriated and demolished by the National Capital Commission in the 1960s; about 600 families lost their homes. In her winning essay submitted from the University of Ottawa for the 2018 Colonel By Award in History, the author analyzes how LeBreton residents reacted to the loss of their community. By Katharine Van der Veen. Download ( pdf )
105. When Ottawa Welcomed the Empire through a Yorkshireman's Lens
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In 2017 the HSO received some mystery photographs from an English historical society, taken around 1900 in Canada. Intensive sleuthing revealed why the photographer visited Ottawa and his itinerary across Canada. Includes discussion of trade policy in the British Empire. By James Powell and Bryan D. Cook. Download ( pdf )
102. Martin O'Gara, Ottawa's First Irish Catholic Police Magistrate, 1863-1899
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Widely respected as Ottawa’s police magistrate and a police commissioner for 36 years, as a founder of the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty and of the Ottawa East community, Martin O’Gara was a pillar of the Irish Catholic community. Overlooked by history, his life and times have been meticulously researched and recorded by Elizabeth V. Krug. Download ( pdf )
099. A Mayor's Life: John Scott, First Mayor of Bytown (1824-1857)
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Bytown’s first mayor, John Scott, was a prominent young lawyer and also the first Reform candidate elected for Bytown to the first Reform government in Canada. He was potentially a brilliant politician had he not died at age 33. Tyler Owens commemorates Scott’s previously unheralded role in Bytown’s formative years. Download ( pdf )
098. From Steamboats to the NHL: The Ottawa Valley's Cowley Family
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Traces the Ottawa Valley history of the entrepreneurial and pioneering riverboat captain, Captain Daniel Keyworth Cowley and his descendants, from his arrival in 1836 to the induction of his great-grandson “Cowboy Bill” Cowley into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Also includes details of the Cowley family’s rich heritage in England back to the 16th century. Authored by Christine F. Jackson. Download ( pdf )
096. Griersons of Torbolton
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