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Letters from the Front – Part 2

November 6th, 2012

Throughout the month of November we will be posting excerpts from a selection of wartime correspondence between Pte. Sefton Stewart of the 77th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, and his family in Richmond, Ontario.  The complete letters will be on display at the Stittsville Public Library in the Museum’s exhibit honouring Goulbourn in wartime.

This is letter number two:


Bramshott Camp, England
July 3rd

Dear Mother:

                Mailed you a letter July 2nd but didn’t know our present condition.  We are now transferred into the 73 Battalion.  These are Highlanders, so we will have to put on the kilts.  This is looked upon as the best Battalion that ever left Canada.  All the 77th is being broken up too.  Some fine big men out of the 77th have been turned down for the slightest drawback, such as weak heart or eyes.

                We are now in one of a string of buildings similar to those of the Ottawa Exhibition, which is much better than tents.  Tomorrow we expect to go to the range to shoot for about a week. Sunday evening we went over to Hazlemere, a nice little town, in a motor.  The roads seem very strange.  They are good but very narrow and both sides are lined with hedge or bushes….

Best love to all,
Sefton

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Shipwrecks and Sorrows Lecture Oct. 23

October 19th, 2012

The Ottawa Public Library presents Shipwrecks and Sorrows: Maiden Voyage of the 100th Regiment as part of the History Series for Adults Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Carlingwood branch at 281 Woodroffe Avenue. 
Shipping out to Canada in 1805, the new 100th Regiment of 900 Irish soldiers aboard five troopships met with maritime disasters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only seven survived one shipwreck off Newfoundland while 340 men, women and children died. Two other troopships were wrecked off Nova Scotia. 
This program is presented by historical researcher, Kurt Johnson, a board member of the Goulbourn Museum, in commemoration of the War of 1812.

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Perils and Petticoats

September 18th, 2012

Kurt Johnson will present Perils and Petticoats: Exceptional Women of the War of 1812 at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Sept. 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Click here for more information or to register for the event.

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Goulbourn’s 100th war dead honoured at memorial service

August 8th, 2012

Photo by Kurt Johnson
Military and civilian representatives break ground Saturday for a War of 1812 memorial monument to honour the war dead from the 1813 Battle of Sackets Harbor.

We could feel the emotion of the moment all the more strongly as a Canadian piper played a lament Saturday for the war dead from the Battle of Sackets Harbor. The names of those 49 Canadian and British soldiers who were killed in the War of 1812 raid and buried on the battlefield were read aloud during the special memorial service attended by military re-enactors, regular armed forces and civilian representatives.

Grenadiers of Goulbourn’s 100th Prince Regent’s Regiment of Foot had participated in the May 29, 1813 raid on the strategic military target. The 100th soldiers killed in action included Sgt. William McGarry, Pte. John Carvin, Pte. James Murphy, Michael O’Brian, Pte. Michael Quinn and Pte. John Short. Goulbourn Museum sent me as our representative while William Sinka represented the Friends of the 100th, a proposed living history re-enactors group.

Other regiments include 1st Regiment (Royal Scots), 8th Regiment, 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment, Glengarry Light Infantry, Royal Newfoundland Fencibles, Voltigeurs Canadiens, Nova Scotia Fencibles and Royal Navy.

Saturday’s memorial service was very much an international affair, between friends across the border, as officials from Canada and United States attended the event organized by the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site; the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance Inc. and the community of Sackets Harbor. A ground-breaking ceremony was also held to mark commencement of the construction of a granite monument and individual soldier’s stones to honour the sacrifices of the Crown Forces in the battle.

Standing at the site in a farmer’s clover field, I was struck by the solemn nature of the service that paid tribute to the sacrifice of these soldiers for king and country. I was also touched by the congeniality of the Americans and Canadians who have shared 200 years of peace.

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New travelling exhibit: the 100th Regiment of Foot

August 1st, 2012

Today we installed a new bilingual and portable version of our exhibit all about the 100th Regiment at the Stittsville Library. This exhibit features a life-size silhouette of a soldier so you can see if you “measure-up” and meet one of the enlistment requirements, as well as information about the War of 1812 and the soldier’s transition from Northern Ireland to Canada. And just to make sure the panel was working, we asked a few children (and staff) to pose with the silhouette :) On display at the Library from August 1-31.

After checking this exhibit, why not stop by the Museum and learn the rest of the story – we have a new exhibit about the Exceptional Women in the War of 1812 on now, as well as an exhibit called Voyage of Goulbourn’s 100th Regiment :)

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Majic 100: Museum of the Week, part 2

June 16th, 2012

Here is the ad you will hear on Majic 100 (today only!) for our Bicentennial Celebration event tomorrow. We have a lot of fun activities planned, including a craft called Mako a Shako, a game called Find the Shilling, and a photo booth where you can dress in period costume and pose for pictures. We also have two new exhibits about the War of 1812 launching, a presentation planned, a silent auction with tons of local goodies, a book sale and even a BBQ.

The Ottawa Museum Network has set up a contest with the station so listeners have a chance to win the new Connexion Card, an annual family pass to nine local museums in Ottawa, with tons of great benefits!

Enter the Museum of the Week contest here.
Check out the Ottawa Museum Network here.

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LAURA SECORD: A heroine forgotten in her lifetime

June 15th, 2012

War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration

Laura Secord was taken by native scouts to tell her news to British soldiers on June 22, 1813. Image from Canadian Military Heritage Gateway website.


Laura Secord is our most celebrated heroine. But after the war, people of Upper Canada paid little attention to the heroic act of this Loyalist woman who lived in virtual obscurity, struggling to make financial ends meet. In 1860, the Prince of Wales learned of Laura’s wartime heroism and gave a gift of 100 pounds. It was her first public recognition. But it would be nearly a century until a monument was raised to pay tribute to this brave woman. 

Discover more about Laura Secord at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo booth.

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We’re Majic 100’s Museum of the Week

June 13th, 2012


We’re proud to say that Goulbourn Museum is the Museum of the Week on the radio station Majic 100. The Ottawa Museum Network has set up a contest with the station so listeners have a chance to win the new Connexion Card, an annual family pass to nine local museums in Ottawa, with tons of great benefits!

Enter the Museum of the Week contest here.
Check out the Ottawa Museum Network here.

And most importantly, visit the Museum this Sunday, June 17 for our big War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration! We have a lot of fun activities planned, including a craft called Mako a Shako, a game called Find the Shilling, and a photo booth where you can dress in period costume and pose for pictures. We also have two new exhibits about the War of 1812 launching, a presentation planned, a silent auction with tons of local goodies, a book sale and even a BBQ.

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LYDIA BURKE: A strong woman beside the successful man

June 12th, 2012

War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration

 
Copy of the couple’s 1817 marriage licence obtained from St-Gabriel Presbyterian Church in Montreal
by descendant Barbara McCourt.  

She was Lydia Grant, an Irish woman who married a career officer, George Thew Burke, a captain in the 100th Regiment of Foot, who fought with Sir Isaac Brock at Queenston Heights and with Wellington at Waterloo. This devoted couple raised their nine children in Richmond where he was superintendent of the military settlement, a colonel in the militia and a MP in the Parliament of Upper Canada. She died at 37 years of age.

Discover more about Lydia Burke at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo booth.

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AGATHE NOWLAN: Love letters from the war front

June 8th, 2012

War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration
 


Credit Maurice Nowlan’s letters from the war front were cherished by Agathe, “my Dearest jewel.” Letters from Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec.

Montreal’s high society was the setting for romance as the dashing Irish officer from the 100th Regiment of Foot wooed the wealthy French-Canadian woman. Lieut. Maurice Nowlan went off to guard the Canadian borders so the young couple wrote copious letters — he in various forts, and she at her parents’ home. Prior to a night attack, Lieut. Nowlan’s final letter is a poignant tribute to their love.

Discover more about Agathe Nowlan at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo booth.

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