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004. Bytown's Own College
 2.02 MB
Early history of what was to become the University of Ottawa. Written by Edward P. Laberge. Download ( pdf )
003. Genesis of Our Capital
 1.19 MB
Linking the foundation of Ottawa as the capital to the last conflict between the United States and Canada. Written by Hamnett P. Hill, K.C. Download ( pdf )
002. Stewarton - A Suburb of Ottawa
 1.72 MB
Describes the part of Bytown/Ottawa known as Stewarton, named after William Stewart. By Mrs. John C. Burns. Download ( pdf )
001. John Burrows and Others on the Rideau Waterway
 1.35 MB
Exploring the Rideau Canal waterway from Ottawa to Kingston in 1827 as described by canal engineer John Burrows. Written by Charles Surtees. Download ( pdf )
000. Love Thou Thy Land
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Founded in 1898 with the motto "Love Thou Thy Land", the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa evolved into the Historical Society of Ottawa. Written by Miss E.M. Taylor. Download ( pdf )