Old Ottawa South Community Association

From the Archives: Ottawa South Memories

In this excerpt from the March 1990 OSCAR, June Kelly O'Byrne recounts memories of life on Sunnyside Avenue from the 1920s and beyond, with recollections of family and friends, and recalls the many local stores and businesses in the neighbourhood.

Ottawa South Memories by June Kelly O'Byrne

In 1920 my parents bought a little house on Sunnyside Ave. on a big lot which extended to Woodbine Place. Dad had just returned from the First World War and was fortunate to obtain employment as a Letter Carrier. His "route", as he called it, encompassed Echo Drive at the Precious Blood Convent to Cameron Ave. (Cowan's Ice House and Wilson's Lumber Yard), east to the Rideau River, including what is now known as Rideau Gardens. Some senior citizens may remember him, as he received many a "tip" at Christmas time from the residents of those streets.

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From the Archives: Bank Street Snapshots 1957

From the Archives: Bank Street Snapshots 1957

In the midst of reconstruction along Bank Street, a June 2003 OSCAR article featured pictures of Bank Street businesses from 1957, namely Cutts Motors on Bank Street at Chesley Street plus the Esso (White Rose) gas station on Bank Street at Aylmer Avenue.

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From the Skies: Old Ottawa South

Photos by Tom AlfoldiA photo archive of Old Ottawa South from the not too distant past.

Old Ottawa South photographer Tom Alföldi likes to take to the skies for aerial photography. In 2011, he captured pictures of the bridges of Old Ottawa South, which can be seen in the December 2011 OSCAR. Here, have a look at his aerial shots of a few of our neighbourhood buildings.

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Corner of Bank Street and Echo Drive, ca 1950s.

History Of The Sunnyside Library

The Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library is one of the gems of our Old Ottawa South neighbourhood. Much loved and very well used by young and old, it has been in existence almost as long as the entire Ottawa library system itself, but of course it looked very different in the beginning.

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From the Archives: Community Programs 1947-style

From the Archives: Community Programs 1947-style

September 1947 marked the start of a new season at the Ottawa South Community Center, housed at Hopewell Avenue Public School. The recreation center's theme urged residents of Ottawa South to take a chance on 'Childhood Preferred' and invest in a boy or girl in order to get a great man or a great woman.

From the Ottawa Citizen, Friday September 26, 1947:

Ottawa South Invests in ‘Childhood Preferred’

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Ali, Emad, and Ghassan reunited with their mother, Sawsan, and sister, Sara.

Three Brothers and a Baby! OSCRS Unites Families

Members of the Ottawa South Committee for Refugee Sponsorship (OSCRS) hosted a welcome party for brothers: Ali, Emad, and Ghassan on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Joining them was their mother, Sawsan, and sister Sara. Sawsan beams, recollecting how much it means to have her three sons by her side. Based on her looks of pure joy, it’s easy to see how delighted she is to be with her sons again.

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