Old Ottawa South Community Association

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Ottawa South 1911 Census Demographics

- 1911 CENSUS DATA for Sub-District Ottawa South -

Data from Archives Canada (30 pages total, each page as one file, with 50 records maximum per page).


Data in both original (hand-written) format and transcribed format:


Note that a few fields of interest are missing from the transcription, such as address, occupation, religion, nationality.

However, here are summary stats for Ottawa South provided by Statistics Canada.


Sesquicentennial+ Celebration of Our Prime Ministers: Jean Chrétien

Come celebrate and learn—it’s free! Edward Goldenberg will be helping us better understand the life and times of Jean Chrétien, Canada’s 20th prime minister with three majority governments from 1993-2003.

Led by Edward Goldenberg, Monday, February 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Room L120, 233 Main Street, Saint Paul University.


Our Community 100 Years Ago: A Sketch of Old Ottawa South in 1911

LAC_Woodside_PA-016818_smallWhat was happening in our part of the City around 1911? Who lived here? What were they concerned about? What local institutions were active?

As we celebrate the start of 2011, a look back at people, places and events of a century ago will give us a broader view of our progress.

Let’s start with “who”. The 1911 Census says 1,485 people were living in Ottawa South. There were 314 households, consisting of 280 married couples, 40 widows, and 20 widowers (but no divorcees). By comparison, Ottawa as a whole had a population of 90,520.


Publications: Exploring the Built Heritage of Old Ottawa South

The Ottawa South History Project is pleased to announce the publication of Exploring the Built Heritage of Ottawa South.book jacket

Published in partnership with Heritage Ottawa, the book encompasses an overview of the history of Old Ottawa South and presents the designated heritage properties in the neighbourhood, along with the property profiles and streetscapes developed in the summer of 2009.

Online sales are available through Heritage Ottawa. The book is also available in selected local bookstores such as Octopus Books in the Glebe, Books on Beechwood in New Edinburgh, Perfect Books in Centretown, and Black Squirrel Books in Old Ottawa South.


From the Archives: The Striking Tale of the Fairbairn Farm

Another passage from the Ottawa Citizen Old Time Stuff column of the 1930s, this time the Fairbairn story, printed March 7, 1931, transcribed below.

Another Epic South End History
About Period When Belmont Avenue Was Lane of a Farm

How Peter Fairbairn Broke from Parental Roof and Built First Residence Other Than Homesteads of the Pioneers. C.C. Ray Was Once Large Holder of Ottawa South Property. Worthwhile Story.

This is a story which dates back to the time when Belmont avenue from Bank street to Riverdale was a farm lane, and further back to about the year 1816 when Thomas Fairbairn of Glasgow settled on the north banks of the Rideau river.

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