Old Ottawa South Community Association

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

CBennett-1960From 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

335 RiverdaleI 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.


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.


Wyoming Park in Ottawa South

Wyoming-Park-SubdivisionMap-smallOriginally published in the February 2013 OSCAR.

In the late 1890s the area of Ottawa South bounded by Bank, Grove, Bronson, Sunnyside, and Woodbine Place was promoted as a new residential neighbourhood under the name “Wyoming Park.”


Ottawa Then & Now Photos

a012914-v6-mikan-3318580-smallJohn West has developed a creative hobby — he re-takes old photographs of Ottawa and then creates an animated dissolve between the old and new photograph. He posts his work on his website www.Ottawahh.com.

Have a look at some of the images of the Old Ottawa South area.


A New Addition to Linda Thom Park

Billings Plaque Just north of the Billings Bridge, on the west side of Bank Street, a new historical marker has been installed.

Sponsored by the Gloucester Historical Society, Association of Friends of the Billings Estate Museum, Gloucester Lions Club and Billings Bridge Shopping Centre, the plaque commemorates the 200th anniversary of the arrival in 1812 of pioneer settler Braddish Billings to the Ottawa area.

The official unveiling of the plaque to honour Braddish Billings took place Wednesday, August 21, 2013.


Billings Estate Commemorative Wall

m 4792 small The first permanent European settler in the area of Old Ottawa South was Braddish Billings in 1812 along the banks of the Rideau River. His holdings were primary on the south bank of the Rideau but included the north bank (later Old Ottawa South) up to present day Cameron Avenue. On the south bank just east of Billings Bridge at the (relocated) outlet of Sawmill Creek along the National Capital Commission's Rideau River Eastern Pathway is a commemorative stone wall in honour of the Billings family, the bridge, and the synonymous village that grew up on the edge of his property.


Petition for the Establishment of a Post Office at Rideauville

Petition for the Establishment of a Post Office at Rideauville

On August 10, 1897, Mr. P. Robertson of Rideauville addressed a letter to the Postmaster General of Canada, the Hon. Wm. Mulock, asking for the establishment of a post office in Rideauville (Ottawa South) and recommended that Mr.T.R. Scott, owner of a store at the corner of Bank and Cameron Street, be appointed the postmaster of this establishment. With his letter he submitted a petition with 58 names.

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