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From the Collection – Artefact from WWI

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This military headdress and cap badge belonged to a member of the 38th Battalion during the First World War. Popularly known as the 38th “Ottawa” or the “Royal Ottawas” this Battalion was organized in 1914 as an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

The 38th saw action in numerous battles including the Somme, Vimy, Ypres, and Passchendaele and was awarded an amazing 299 individual decorations for bravery during the war. The 38th returned home to Ottawa in June of 1919 and the unit was demobilized, having nearly 4,000 officers and non-commissioned members passing through its ranks between its arrival in France, August 1916, and the armistice in November 1918.

Following the war the history and honours of the 38th Battalion would be perpetuated by the 43rd Regiment, keeping their heritage alive as they continue on to this day as The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.

ART CONTEST – Students can earn volunteer hours just for entering

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The Goulbourn Museum is holding an art contest to find talented young people to create a ‘Head-in-Hole’ painting for their site.  The contest is open to students in Grades 9-12 who live or attend high school in the former Goulbourn Township (Stittsville, Richmond, Munster, Ashton). The theme of the artwork is Soldiers of the War of 1812. 

Every student who enters and meets the basic submission requirements for the initial sketch will receive 10 volunteer hours.  Artwork must be original and can be the work of one student or of teams to a maximum of five students. The artist(s) selected to transform their sketch into the final “Head-in-Hole” painting will receive an additional 30 volunteer hours plus a letter of reference, recognition in the Museum’s publications and the local newspaper, and an award of $100. The winner(s) will also be a VIP at the official unveiling of the painting at the Museum’s War of 1812 Tribute on June 16.

The deadline for submissions is April 12, 2013. All the materials needed to create the final painting will be provided by the Museum.

Click HERE for rules and entry forms.

Wondering what on earth is a ‘Head-in-Hole’ painting? Click on the examples below.
Example 1
Example 2
Example 3

March Break Camp will Create Kid Curators

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This March Break the Goulbourn Museum is offering a one-of-a-kind camp experience for children aged 7-11.  At Camp Curator kids will get their very own curator kits, don pint-sized lab coats and gloves and learn how to handle artefacts, create their own exhibits and even conduct an archeological dig.

This week long camp will include crafts, games, a behind-the-scenes tour of the artefact collection (did you know the Museum has over 8,000 artefacts?), and visits from special guests.

Camp Curator takes place March 11-15 from 1-4:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per child for the week and there are still spaces available. Snacks are included. For more information or to register, please call 613-831-2393 or email

The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website or check us out on Facebook.

Finding a Connection at Goulbourn Museum


Just starting as a new member of the Goulbourn Museum team in February, it was soon apparent that I might have more of a connection to the history of Goulbourn than an interest in becoming involved at the museum. While working in one of the collection storage rooms, on one of my first days at the museum, that I had an ahamoment, and this is the story that unfurled.

Alexander and Mildred Graham were married on September 1, 1928. Soon after being married Alex and Mildred rented the lower level of a log home on Carp Road in Stittsville, from a man named John Junks. Their family soon grew and in this log home their first nine children were born, while baby number ten and eleven were born in their new home, after relocating to Stittsville Main Street in 1947. 

Alexander worked on the railway in Stittsville as a section hand at the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station. Stittsville had grown around this railway station, after the destruction of Old Stittsville by a great fire that ravaged Carleton County in 1870. The railway brought prosperity to the Goulbourn area, created opportunities for local business to flourish, and became a crucial means of transit between communities along the rail line. Alexander and his family witnessed the growth of the railway and height of its influence throughout the war years, but following the Second World War the decline of rail became apparent with an increasing preference towards the car as a means of travel. Alexander worked a total of 47 years with CPR, had seen the height of influence and decline of the railway, and in the 1960s saw the discontinuation of rail service to Stittsville, and the demolition of the CPR train station in 1969. The 1990s were the finale to railway history in Stittsville, with the last train travelling through the village on January 14, 1990.
Mildred and Alex Graham celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary on September 1st, 1968

Back to present day and I am standing in the collection storage area at Goulbourn Museum; mounted on the wall is a hand crafted wooden sign with the word “Stittville” painted across its length. I had seen this spelling once before, in my grandparent`s house there was a framed image of a circa 1920 Stittsville CPR train station with “Stittville” prominently written across the roof tiles. My grandmother always told us that the extra “s” was a later addition to the village`s name. Below the wooden sign at the museum a label went on to explain, “Stittsville Rail Station Sign. This is the original Train Station sign… Alex Graham, CPR Section Hand for 47 years.”
Stittsville Rail Station Sign – Goulbourn Museum

It was in that moment that a realization of the connection hit me… “Aha!” Alex Graham was my grandma`s father! This wooden sign had been something of significance in Alex`s life, a daily occurrence in the 47 years he spent with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Saved from the demolition of the station, the sign now resides within the collection of Goulbourn Museum to preserve the memory of the station, and promote the importance of the railway in Goulbourn Township. What a surprise that my great-grandpa Graham played some role in making this history happen!

Sweet P.A. Day Program February 15: Maple Madness!

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Join us for all things maple at the Goulbourn Museum’s P.A. Day program February 15. Wear your most Canadian outfit, make some maple treats and learn the art of maple syrup. There will be games and activities aplenty.
The fun takes place on Friday, February 15 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. and is geared to children ages 7-11 years. Cost is $25 per child. Snacks will be provided.
To register please call the Goulbourn Museum at: 613-831-2393 or email:

List of Coming Events

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Hot off the presses! Here’s our list of coming events.
(Click on the image below to enlarge it.)

We tried to make it well balanced: high in fiber (Yap & Yarn) but with a little something for those with a sweet tooth (Maple Madness). (:

Hope to see you at the Museum soon!

Get Valuable One-on-One Time with Genealogy Specialists Feb. 2

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If you’re interested in researching your family history or military ancestors but haven’t a clue where to begin, you won’t want to miss A Day at the City of Ottawa Archives on Saturday, February 2. 
Specialists will be on hand from the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), the Sir Guy Carleton Branch UELAC, the British Isles Family History Society and the corporate Archives of the City of Ottawa. 
Among other things, these experts will explain:
  • how archives work
  • give tips on researching military ancestors
  • provide general information on records in the UK and Ireland
  • show you all the genealogical materials available in the libraries housed at the Archives
  • tell you about local resources – particularly in former Goulbourn Township. 

Goulbourn Museum volunteer Jim Stanzell, also active with the OGS, will have a booth there with information about the 100 Regiment and Goulbourn genealogy.

The experts will be on hand from 1:30-3:30 on February 2 but there are other activities taking place throughout the day. Click HERE for more information.

We’re Hiring! Curatorial Assistant


Job Title: Curatorial Assistant
Closing Date: 5:00 p.m. on January 25, 2013
Salary: $11.00 per hour
Details: 10 hours each weekend on a 20 week contract with the possibility of extension
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The Goulbourn Museum is home to interactive and hands-on exhibitions including The 100th Regiment of Foot – about the soldiers who settled Goulbourn Township in 1818 after the War of 1812; The Village Store where kids can dress up as pioneers & shop or barter for supplies; as well as exhibits about early Goulbourn settlers, the communities in the Township, and local services. The Museum has over 8000 artefacts in its collections, and offers over 35 programs and events each year. The Museum has three full time staff members and is supported by over 40 volunteers.
The Goulbourn Museum is seeking a part time employee to work 10 hours each weekend on contract for 20 weeks (with the possibility of an extension) at $11.00 per hour.  Job duties include: developing and assisting with public programs and exhibitions, registering artefacts, and providing museum tours. Post-secondary students are encouraged to apply.
Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency.  French language skills, museum experience and knowledge of basic hand tools an asset.  Job shifts include Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.  There is no public transportation to the Museum site. 
How to Apply:
Resume and cover letter can be mailed, emailed or dropped off in person to Kathryn Ward, Curator-Manager, at 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 1B8 or 
5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013

Museum Fun on Strike Day (& Every Day!)

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Looking for something to do if the teachers strike tomorrow?

Goulbourn Museum has a lot of great things for kids – you can visit the Museum to dress up as a pioneer & ‘shop’ for groceries and supplies in our Village Store, play games like I Spy or Spot The Difference, compare your height to a soldier in the War of 1812 and hear the sounds of the Brown Bess Musket & pioneer hand tools.

We are open Monday to Friday and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. 

G’Day Goulbourn! PD Day Event Jan. 18th

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Did you know there’s a *Goulbourn in Australia? Come ‘down under’ for the day and join us at the Goulbourn Museum as we explore the Australian outback. Come dressed in your best safari outback attire and discover Australia’s indigenous animals with a visit from Little Ray’s Reptiles. Kids will also learn the traditional art of dot painting and make their very own boomerangs.

The fun takes place on Friday, January 18th from 1-4:30 pm on the first PA Day of the New Year and is open to children ages 7-10 years (Grades 2-5). Space is limited and children must be pre-registered to guarantee a spot. Cost is $25 per child. Snacks will be provided.

You can register by phone: 613-831-2393 or email Tracey at

*The town in Australia is actually spelled “Goulburn” but, like Goulbourn, ON, it got its name from Sir Henry Goulbourn (whose name appears spelled both ways).

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