December 16, 2007 marks the 100th anniversary of Ottawa's South's annexation to the City of Ottawa. Today, as we find ourselves once again in a heated debate over municipal budgets, it is timely to reflect upon the decision residents of our community took 100 years ago, when they chose to join Ottawa. Then, as now, citizens had cause to consider the merits of Ottawa and its services. They weighed the costs and the benefits of being a part of Ottawa. It was a debate that featured soothing promises from local politicians, and fear and suspicion on the part of some residents.
In 1946, Evening Citizen Staff Writer Cameron James relates the “mostly incidental” story of the Brighton Beach Aquatic Club of Ottawa South. From the Ottawa Citizen August 10, 1946:
When members of the Ottawa South Community Association decided to develop Brighton Beach about 25 years ago, it was intended to have it principally as a bathing spot for the younger people of that section of Ottawa South, east of Bank street. Now it is the most popular bathing rendezvous in Ottawa for people from all parts of the city. On a recent Sunday, as many as 3000 persons visited the beach.
- 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.
There are many properties of historical interest in the neighbourhood. Here are a few key spots in Old Ottawa South.
Brewer Park and Carleton University are key landmarks for Old Ottawa South, but in the early 1900s they didn’t yet exist; the property was farm land, fallow and undeveloped or swamp. But starting in 1910 a group of land speculators led by two Ottawa lawyers bought up title to these properties and incorporated as the Ottawa South Property Company, with the intention of subdividing the land and selling building lots.