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MARIA HILL: Disguised as a man, she went off to war

May 22nd, 2012

War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration

An elderly Maria Hill rides in a float for the 1867 confederation parade in Richmond. The image is from a mural painted by Becky Marr-Johnson.

Maria Hill was no stranger to the blood and gore of battlefields as a nurse tending wounded soldiers. She even disguised herself as a man so she could follow her husband to the front lines. The 21-year-old English girl was truly “a daughter of the regiment” as she marched off to war. 

Discover more about Maria Hill 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 and old-fashioned photo-booth.

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John Wright’s Sketch Journal

January 31st, 2012

Goulbourn Museum has recently hired Lord Cultural Resources to create a ten-year strategic plan for the Museum. To start the process, staff met with John Wright, Susan Dunlop and Brad King to discuss the project and to show them the site. While the Lord Cultural Resources representatives were here, we noticed that John Wright was sketching away. We were very pleased to see that John had added his water coloured sketches (above) to his personal blog. You can view his blog here. Thank you John for sharing your sketches with us!

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Remembering the Great War

November 11th, 2011

For Remembrance Day, the Goulbourn Museum installed an exhibit at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library called Remembering the Great War. This exhibit includes artefacts from both World Wars, including a helmet, uniform, grooming kit, bayonet, and gas mask, and will be on display until the end of the month.

Brenda Holtz, one of our fabulous volunteers, spent countless hours compiling scrapbooks for us last year. One scrapbook lists veterans of World War One and World War Two from Goulbourn Township, and the other scrapbook holds copies & transcripts of letters from Private Sefton Stewart. Sefton was a soldier who fought and died in the Great War, and who frequently send letters home to his family. Both scrapbooks are included in this exhibit, and we encourage you to read through them.

For more on the exhibit, please see John Curry’s article in this week’s edition of the Stittsville News (November 10, 2011) on page 13. You can view the Stittsville News online here.

Lest we forget. 

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Going Fishing for Our History

August 22nd, 2011



Historical research is like fishing in the Jock River. You cast and cast a line into murky waters. For Goulbourn Museum’s new travelling exhibit, I did research on the 1805 maiden voyage of the 100th Regiment of Foot. I went to the good fishing places as the late A. Barry Roberts, author of the outstanding history book, For King and Canada, at the Library Archives of Canada to make digital copies of British Colonial Office letters about the military disaster when three of the regiment’s five troopships were wrecked at sea.

Back home, a computer keyboard was my fishing pole — type in 100th regiment 1805 shipwreck, and see the fishtails swirling around. One website lead to another as I got luckier in snagging narratives about the tall ship Nais, also known as Aeneas, off Newfoundland and the brig Two Friends, off Cape Breton Island. More sources are available for the Nais or Aeneas, since the 340 deaths of 347 aboard rates international prominence on the United Kingdom’s major disasters list since 1707 (see Aeneas in third group of 300-499 fatalities here ).

Consequently, historians and journalists have been reporting on this maritime tragedy for 200 years, including Terence Grocott in his 2002 collection, Shipwrecks of the Revolutionary & Napoleonic Eras (see above cover and page). Goulbourn Museum bought the book after seeing it as a primary source for the Wikipedia item.

Kurt Johnson, Munster

Mail to: Kurt@goulbournmuseum.ca

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Exciting finds

August 9th, 2011




Our Goulbourn Museum director gave the key to a treasure chest when Donna Keays-Hockey e-mailed the reference http://www2.swgc.mun.ca/nfld_history/CO194/CO194-45.htm for my research on the 1805 maiden voyage of the 100th County of Dublin Regiment of Foot. Microfilm B-681, stored at the Library and Archives Canada, is a collection of six letters from British military officers reporting on the maritime disasters that befell our Goulbourn regiment. In this August 30, 1806, letter (above), Lieut.-Col. J.W. Gordon seeks financial compensation for “these [two] poor fishermen for the humanity and generosity” in rescuing and sheltering five soldiers and two seamen from the Nais troopship which sank off Newfoundland. The death toll was 340 of the 347 on board.
A. Barry Roberts wrote an excellent account of the “terrible catastrophe” in his well-researched book, For King and Canada. And what a tragic story it is: death and destruction on stormy seas; the absolute horror of men, women and children swept into the icy waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and heroes saving many victims of the shipwrecks.
In doing research for our new museum exhibit on this voyage http://www.emcstittsvillerichmond.ca/20110630/lifestyle/New+museum+exhibit+captures+settlers%27+maiden+voyage+to+Canada, it was exciting to find new information in modern books like Shipwrecks of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Eras, in old publications like Cape Breton’s Magazine, or an 1812 edition of Shipwrecks and Disasters at Sea. These narratives help us present our history with the personal words of flesh-and-blood people, the pathos of tragedy, and the cold facts of knowledge.
Kurt Johnson, Munster

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Voyage of the 100th Regiment

July 5th, 2011

 
Have you ever wondered how pioneers arrived in Goulbourn Township? Or where they came from & why they settled here in 1818?
With the help of our fantastic volunteer Kurt Johnson and some great resources we created a travelling exhibit where visitors will discover how soldiers of the 100th Regiment endured death & hardship on their journey to defend Canada before the War of 1812. This exhibit opens today and is on display at the Stittsville Library until August 4. To see how we created the panels, see this post, and to learn about about the exhibit process and a bit of history, see this article in the Stittsville/Richmond EMC.

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From Preserving Our Past to All Aboard

June 29th, 2011

It has been a busy week! We uninstalled Preserving Our Past and replaced it with All Aboard: The Railway in Goulbourn on site, and next Monday we install Voyage of the 100th Regiment at the Stittsville Library.
Preserving Our Past, produced by the OttawaMuseum Network, was on display at the Museum from April 14 to June 26. This exhibit is travelling among the community museums in Ottawa and will be on display at Billings Estate next.
All Aboard was produced last year and has been display at several off site locations including the Richmond branch of the Ottawa Public Library and Waldorf School in Stittsville. This is the first time this exhibit has been on display at the Museum.

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Voyage from digital to print

June 16th, 2011

 

We’re installing a new exhibit called The Voyage of Goulbourn’s 100th Regiment at the Stittsville Library next month – you can check it out after July 4.
Yesterday we FINALLY sent the panels to the printers & today came the fun part: tearing, pasting & decorating. These photos show how we (Kathryn, Emily & Liz) adhered the prints to the panels to the substrate to get the ready for display.  Still a work in progress.

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