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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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WOMEN’S DAY: Fashions of Yesteryear on Display at Watson’s Mill Nov. 3-11

November 2nd, 2012

Come to Manotick for the ultimate Girl’s Day Out! Bring your friends, neighbors, and relatives for refreshments, in-store specials, prizes and much more! Arrive early in town and receive a complimentary gift, while supplies last.  Women’s Day is an annual one-day festival in Manotick, held annually on the first Saturday of November.  It is sponsored and coordinated by the Manotick BIA and brought to you by your local merchants.

For the occasion, Watson’s Mill is hosting a special exhibit featuring period clothing.  The exhibit showcases beautiful reproductions and some original pieces, borrowed from the collections of Watson’s Mill, Rideau Township Historical Society, Goulbourn Museum, OsgoodeMuseum, Vanier Museoparc and Nepean Museum.  Visitors will see a large variety of pieces spanning from the mid 1700’s to the 1950’s, including basic, every day Upper Canada fashion, upper-class ladies-wear from the 1860’s to 1920’s, Victorian wedding apparel, mourning pieces, and of course, a variety of original, and unmentionable!, “under things”.

Period pieces will be displayed both at the Carriage Shed and the Dickinson House, from November 3rd to November 11th.  Admission is by donation. The participating community museums are all members of the Ottawa Museum Network—get your Connexion Card, and save on OMN participating museum admissions and special cardholder events throughout the year.  Visit ottawamuseumnetwork.ca for more details on the Connexion Card.

In addition, community members are requested to clean out their closets and bring their gently used ladies clothing and accessories, which will be collected at Watson’s Mill and the Carriage Shed during the Women’s day weekend.  The donated clothing will be forwarded to local women’s shelter organizations.
On Saturday, November 3rd, come to Historic Dickinson Square and discover fashions of yesteryears. Not only will ladies feel “girly”, they will leave wanting to spend the day shopping, appreciating modern-day clothing!

Watson’s Mill is a unique 1860’s grist and flour mill located in Manotick, on the shores of the Rideau River.  A working industrial heritage site in greater Ottawa, it has a remarkable history linked to local politics, the building of a country, and a tragic love story.  The WMMI mandate is to preserve Watson’s Mill as a working historic grist and flour mill, and a social, cultural and educational focal point for the community and visitors.


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Letters from the Front – Remembering the Great War 1914-1918

November 1st, 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. In addition to Sefton Stewart’s letters, there will also be local artefacts from that era, and a book containing the names of local Veterans. These men and women were either born in Goulbourn or were long-time residents of the area. If you should find there is a Veteran from Goulbourn who is not listed, please let us know – we welcome additions to this collection.
Sefton was 17-years-old when he joined the war effort.  His father was James Stewart, whose occupations included undertaker, carriage maker, farmer and one-time reeve of the village.  His mother was Margaret (McLean) Stewart.  Sefton’s family home was at 39 Perth Street in Richmond.
The Goulbourn Museum gratefully acknowledges the kind donation of these First World War letters from Mrs. Mary (Seabrook) Munro, niece of Sefton Stewart.  Her family preserved these letters for 93 years.
The correspondence covers a period from 1916 to 1918 and demonstrates in a very human way the huge sacrifices made by these young men and their families, the devastation of the European cities and countryside and the intolerable loss of life suffered by families and by countries who saw so many of its youth killed on the battlefields of Europe.  These letters capture the feel of the period in a way no history book can attempt to replicate.
Here is the first excerpt:
July 2, 1916 – Stationed at Bramskott Camp, England
 
Dear Mother:
     How is everybody?  As for me, I am quite well.  There are so many things to tell, I don’t know what to tell first.  Wrote two letters on ship but didn’t get posting them because it was reported no letters to be mailed within four days after out arrival.  Did you get the cablegram we sent?
     We had a very good trip; the weather being fine, except for the first two days which were foggy.  A great many were sick, Sid and Arthur were sick for half a day, but we were all dizzy at first.  Left Halifax Tuesday morning, arrived in England Thursday, the 28th.  Our ship, the Missanabie, Empress of Britain, and the Drake, a man-of-war, sailed together.  Saw quite a few ships.  The Drake guarded them off. 
     Came into Liverpool Harbour Thursday night.  It is a very large harbour, being crowded with ships.  From Liverpool to Bramshott Camp, it is a bushy country, divided up here and there with farms, cultivated mostly by women.
     Bramshott Camp is so large you could easily get lost, there being about 40,000 troops stationed here.  Saw Percy Foster out of the 89th and Michael Fox out of the 38th, both being very glad to see us.  We are crowded, about 15 in each tent, making it very hard to move around.
     On the 1st of July there was an inspection of all these troops by the King at Hinhead, eight miles from our camp.  A company of the 77th went as a guard.  Being the first time to see the King, it was something wonderful to see such a gathering of troops.
     The second day we were here there was an inspection by Lord Brooks, Commander of this camp.  A lot of the Battalions have been divided, but we haven’t been yet.  On ship we only had a little physical drill in the mornings.  On our ship there were 1800 soldiers; a person would never imagine all the works and machinery there is about a ship.  There were four sittings each meal, there being accommodation for 450 each sitting.
     The weather is very changeable, raining frequently.  Our first night in camp it rained all night.  We are surrounded by villages, two and three miles away.  There are some deep valleys giving a fine view of the country.  The north coast of Ireland was our first sight of land which we were all anxious to see.  The rocky coast is all divided off into small patches and the grass is very green.  When we came into the dangerous zone, we were met by three torpedo destroyers, a long, low little boat which has very high speed.  These stopped with us until we reached England.
     I guess I will write all afternoon as it is our only time, but will have to take in some of the sports which are going on.  Must write to Clystal.  Canadian mail goes Monday and Thursday.
Best love to all,
Sefton
Pte.  Sefton Stewart
77 Battalion
A Co. No. 1 Platoon
Bramshott camp
c/o Army Post Office London, England

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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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The Royal Treatment

October 16th, 2012

Looking for an excuse to wear your tiara this weekend?  Come to the Stittsville Public Library Saturday, Oct. 20th and immerse yourself in all things Royal. Test your knowledge of Royal trivia, take a peek at regal artefacts & enter a royal look-alike contest. Are you a dead-ringer for the Queen or Prince Phillip? If so, you could win a prize!

There will be fun for the whole family at The Queen – A Celebration, a joint venture between the Goulbourn Museum and the Goulbourn Township Historical Society.  Take a peek at a collection of royal artefacts and memorabilia, play a Royal Romance trivia game and dress in your best royal finery and prepare to dazzle! Children aged 4-8 can compete in a best dressed Prince & Princess contest.

This program runs from 1:30 – 4 pm. Refreshments will be served and as usual, this event is free. The Stittsville Public Library is located at 1637 Stittsville Main St.

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Richmond Fair…and a Giant Jar of Candy!

September 12th, 2012

We’re busy prepping for the Richmond Fair this weekend! We’ll be giving presentations to Grade 4 students all day Friday & manning our booth Saturday & Sunday. Be sure to stop by and say “hello” – we love hearing your stories about the Goulbourn of yesteryear. And did we mention you could win a great big jar of candy? Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, nobody can resist a good old-fashioned candy counting competition!

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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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