Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Ottawa South History Project


These are glimpses of Old Ottawa South's history: local stories of the past, research findings, and snippets of news items and notices describing the old, as if it were new.

Percy Algernon Taverner

On June 24, 2015, Ottawa City Council approved the proposal to name a new park at 130 Woodbine Place “Percy Taverner Park”. Here's a short biography the park's namesake courtesy of The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation. Percy Algernon Taverner is buried in Section 50, Lot 63 NE of Beechwood Cemetery. Percy Algernon Taverner was a Canadian ornithologist and architect. He was born Percy Algernon Fowler in Guelph, Ontario, on June 10, 1875 to stage actress Ida Van Cortland, and when his parents separated and his mother remarried, he took on his stepfather's surname.

Ottawa Aerial View 1922

Did your home exist a hundred years ago? How about your street? Have a look of this bird's eye view of Ottawa in 1922 that includes great views of Ottawa South in this image from Rick Wallace's A History of Ottawa East with this photo: National Air Photo Library Archive HA20 [Ottawa] 1922. Zoom in for a unique view of the neighbourhood.

Memories of 'Old' Ottawa South

Jim Robertson lived in Ottawa South from 1947 until 1963 when his family moved to Rideau Gardens. After a career that saw him living in Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa again, Edmonton and Toronto, he is now retired and living in the Bank Street/Hunt Club Road area. Our family lived in Ottawa South during the 1940's, 50's and early 60's. As I have become old, so has Ottawa South become "Old" Ottawa South. Phyllis and Dick Robertson, my parents, moved from McLeod Street to 162 Sunnyside (just east of Riverdale) in 1943, after my sister Mary was born. My brother Dave came along in 1944, and I made my appearance in 1947.

What’s in a Name: Leonard or Léonard?

My curiosity was piqued when I noticed earlier this year that street name signs had been changed from Leonard to Léonard. What was the impetus for amending the spelling? Was there a francophone connection within our Old Ottawa South neighbourhood?  

From the Archives: Claude Bennett Enters the Race as Capital Ward Candidate

From the Ottawa Citizen November 5, 1960, Ottawa South resident Claude Bennett enters the civic election. Claude B. Bennett has announced his candidature in the December civic elections. He will contest the aldermanic seat in Capital Ward where he was born. He was third in the field of seven in the last civic elections. Unmarried, he lives with his parents at 88 Bellwood Avenue. An active member of the Kinsmen Club of Ottawa, he represents that club on the Ottawa Central Council of Service Clubs. As Secretary-Treasurer of the Lansdowne Babe Ruth Baseball organization, he played a major role in the successful Polio Clinics in Ottawa South and at Lansdowne Park. Mr. Bennett is emloyed in a supervisory capacity with the International Harvester Company.

Reflections of My Ottawa

I was born in Old Ottawa South in 1936 and lived in a house at the corner of Riverdale and Sunnyside. I was the second youngest in a family of three boys and three girls. Shortly after my birth we moved to Rosedale Avenue, still in Old Ottawa South. It was a small street, which ran between Sunnyside Avenue and the Driveway.
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