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104. Our "Capitol Wrens"
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The story of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service in WW II – The Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS or "Wrens") – and how members maintained contact afterwards. With special emphasis on "Wrens" who served as wireless telegraphists and were associated with the Ottawa area. Written by Doris Grierson Hope who received the Bletchley Park pin for her service. Download ( pdf )
103. Loyalist Land Grants Along the Grand (Ottawa) River, 1788
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Contains transcriptions of assignees’ names and acreages from Patrick McNiff’s 1788 survey maps of Loyalist land grants on both sides of the Ottawa River, east of Ottawa. Includes background on the land grant policy of the day and surveyor McNiff. By George Neville. 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 )
101. Controversy, Compromise and Celebration: The History of Canada's National Flag
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By Glenn Wright (this bilingual book is only available in print). Download ( pdf )
100. Canada’s Bletchley Park: The Examination Unit in Ottawa’s Sandy Hill 1941–1945 (Revised Edition)
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When WW II broke out in 1939, the Canadian government had no foreign intelligence capacity of its own. Kept secret for many decades, this story reveals how a top secret code-breaking unit was set up in a Victorian mansion in Ottawa and identifies all those who worked there. By Diana Pepall. 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 )
097. The Politics of Commemoration & The Failure of the Davin Memorial Project
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096. Griersons of Torbolton
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095. From Garden Suburb to Garbage Dump: Thomas Adams' Forgotten Plan for Old Ottawa South
 4.91 MB
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094. The Canadian Museum of Civilization: A brief history from its 19th century origins to its recent demise
 5.95 MB
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093. The Bate Brothers of Ottawa, Booklet 3: Sir Henry Newell Bate & Family: A Civic Legacy
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By Ian Browness and Cynthia Coristine (available only in print). Download ( pdf )
092. The Bate Brothers of Ottawa, Booklet 2: Charles "C.T." Bate: Merchant, Mayor & More
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091. The Bate Brothers of Ottawa, Booklet 1: The Brothers' Circuitous Path to Bytown
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By Ian Browness and Cynthia Coristine (only available in print). Download ( pdf )
090. Remember: England, France, Belgium (1914-18)
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089. Growing up in « La Colonia »
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088. To Be Continued... A Short History of The Historical Society of Ottawa
 117.23 KB
By Dave Mullington (this book is available in print only). Download ( pdf )
087. Some 1812 Richmond Soldiers/Settlers
 3.26 MB
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086. Early History of Ottawa's Sandy Hill
 3.32 MB
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085. The James Sutton Elliott Story: Turmoil and Tragedy
 4.9 MB
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