Over the years, Sandy Hill attracted a wide variety of residents who were already or would become famous, including scientists, athletes, architects and war heroes. Several of them are featured below.

William (Billy) Avery Bishop
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Billy Bishop was Canada’s top flying ace of the First World War, and was officially credited with 72 victories. He was the first Canadian airman to receive the Victoria Cross, as well as several other... Read More

Lois Frances Booth
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1897-1941 Lois Booth was the daughter of John Frederick Booth and grand-daughter of legendary John Rudolphus Booth. J. R. Booth was a Canadian lumber king and railroad baron who also had several other commercial interests.... Read More

Cameron Macpherson Edwards
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1881-1959   C.M. Edwards was the sixth child of John C. Edwards (who built 345 Laurier) and a nephew of W.C. Edwards. Between 1920 and 1937, he lived at 407 Wilbrod St. In the 1921... Read More

Sir Sandford Fleming
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1827-1915   Fleming was a true polymath although he finished his formal schooling at the age of 14. He was in turn a surveyor, a lithographer, a map-maker and an engineer. He was also a... Read More

Eva Gauthier
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1885 – 1958 Gauthier was a rare classically-trained Canadian singer to achieve international fame in the early 20th C. She adapted her wide vocal range to sing opera, folk songs and jazz. Eva Gauthier was... Read More

Malak Karsh
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1915-2001   Malak Karsh was an internationally-known photographer.   Karsh and his wife Barbara lived at 292 Laurier Ave. E. (corner of Russell Ave.)  for five years between 1980 and 1985. While Karsh’s older brother... Read More

Frank McGee
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1882 – 1916   A member of the Ottawa Silver Seven, Frank ”One-eyed” McGee scored 14 goals in a Stanley Cup play-off game in 1905 and was considered one of the best hockey players of... Read More

Werner Noffke
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1878 – 1964 Noffke has been described as one of Ottawa’s most influential and prolific architects, designing over 200 buildings in and around Ottawa (he built several more further afield). An observer wrote that “one... Read More

Barbara Ann Scott
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1928-2012   In 1948, 19 year-old Barbara Ann Scott won Canada’s first-ever gold medal in singles figure skating at the Olympics in St Moritz (Switzerland). Scott received the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of... Read More

Francis C. Sullivan
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1882 – 1929 A student and later associate of famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Sullivan introduced the modernist Prairie School of architecture to Canada. An architect of undoubted talent and energy, Sullivan’s career was... Read More

Emma Woikin
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When Igor Gouzenko defected from the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa in September 1945, Emma Woikin was one of the 22 Canadians he named as spies. Woikin was the first to plead guilty, the first to... Read More

Alexander S. Woodburn
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1830 -1904   Born in Ireland, Alexander “Alex” Smith Woodburn was a prominent Ottawa businessman and philanthropist and the founder of the Ottawa Journal.    Between 1898 and 1904, Woodburn lived at 46 Henderson Ave. ... Read More

George Penrose Woollcombe
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1867 – 1951 An educator and clergyman with uncommon vision and energy, Woollcombe founded Ashbury College and directed it for its first 42 years. Ashbury today is recognized as one of the finest private schools... Read More