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Gorffwysfa: The Origins of 24 Sussex Drive, The Prime Minister's Official Residence

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The Prime Minister's Official Residence at 24 Sussex Drive is the subject of much debate over its future.  HPOC invited Andrew Narraway, a recent history graduate from Carleton University, to share his research on the little-known origins of this prominent Canadian heritage property.   By Andrew Narraway, M.A. The house that sits on the south bank of the Ottawa river at 24 Sussex Drive was not always simply known by its address. For years, the house went by its original name “Gorffwysfa,” meaning place or haven of rest in Welsh, a title bestowed by its original owner; Joseph Merrill Currier. The house was to be many things to Currier in its early days. Primarily, it was a representation of his life as...

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