Archive for December, 2017

Meet Curatorial Assistant Matthew Weickert

December 11th, 2017


I am excited to be part of the Goulbourn Museum team for the next few months as the Curatorial Assistant. I graduated from Carleton University (Go Ravens) with a B. A. in History and have recently completed a post graduate certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough.

I was born and raised in the small town of Milton, a short five hour drive from here. While this is my first time in Goulbourn I have already learned a lot about this area’s fascinating military history. My interest in museum work stems from my love of history which only grew stronger after spending my summers giving three hour lighthouse tours on Chantry Island and volunteering with community museums.

I am looking forward to my time here and will be working with the Museum in multiple capacities ranging from collections, exhibitions and even programming. I have only begun to learn about the community but I cannot wait to see what new people and places I will find just around the corner.

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End of an Era: Stittsville News closing after 60 years

December 8th, 2017

Photo courtesy of Goulbourn Museum. Goulbourn Township Historical Society Collection.

Sadly, late last month we heard that after 60 years of operation, the Stittsville News will be shutting down. The first edition of the Stittsville News was published December 12, 1957 by Goulbourn resident Howard Maguire. The first home of the newspaper was in a building located behind Bradley’s General Store. The paper and his print shop were located on the bottom floor from 1957 through to 1972 when he sold the paper to the Renfrew Mercury. The upper level housed the Bell Telephone exchange explaining the Bell vehicle on the left. In the mid-60s, when direct dialing came into force, Bell relocated to a new Bell Telephone exchange building on Hazeldean Road at Fringewood.


In 1975, John Curry bought the paper and has been involved in keeping residents up to date ever since. This sign, which is part of the Goulbourn Museum’s collection, was on display at the Stittsville News office when it was situated in the Bell Service Centre (Ray Bell’s service station, store and office building) where the Ultramar Plaza now is. Curry’s Antiques was run by John’s mother, Mary.

“(She) helped me with the paper and was an antiques expert who dabbled in antiques,” said John. “Having the antiques in the office helped with expenses, a little.” Mary ran the antiques business for a number of years until the paper moved from the Bell Service Centre to a little white building across from the Legion. It later moved again into a (then) brand new plaza at the corner of Manchester and Main.

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