In the 1887 Ottawa Journal reports of activities in "Britannia on the Bay" there are several references over the season to "Society Square." Missing is any suggestion or hint as to what or where this might be. It was clear that the discerning reader was expected to know. Apparently anyone else didn't matter. Reading the … Continue reading Britannia’s “Society Square” over on Beatrice Street
The "Man from Glengarry" was an extremely popular book in the early part of the last century. LibriVox notes that "Immediately after its publication in 1901, the novel spent several months in the top ranks of the New York Times "Books in Demand" list." (here for the free ebook.pdf). So popular that in 1922 they … Continue reading Britannia and “The Man from Glengarry”
How about "Louis Ave?" Louis Napoleon Poulin was a prominent Ottawa merchant who was active in the development of early Ottawa, particularly the Britannia neighbourhood. Poulin was born on July 10, 1858 in Addison Ont. near Brockville. He began working for the firm Nichols and Parker when he was 13 years old. At age 20 … Continue reading Does the name “Poulin” ring a bell?
"Britannia at War" is a bit of a stretch as the links are pretty tenuous. There was of course the showing of propaganda films and newsreels at the Britannia Park Auditorium (Lakeside Gardens). No doubt these would have been a great draw, combining as they did both the novelty of film and news of the … Continue reading Britannia at War: WWI & the Fighting 207th
UPDATED Feb 2019There is no question that Lorne Hyman Greene (born Lyon Himan 'Chaim' Green) was famous. The problem is that he probably never actually resided in Britannia, despite all of the hearsay to the contrary.The Facts:Born in 1915 Greene was the only child of shoemaker Daniel and his wife Dora Green, who had emigrated from … Continue reading Lorne Greene and Britannia