Shawville main street.
Location within Pontiac RCM.
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|Constituted||January 1, 1874|
|• Mayor||Albert Armstrong|
|• Federal riding||Pontiac|
|• Prov. riding||Pontiac|
|• Total||5.40 km2 (2.08 sq mi)|
|• Land||5.40 km2 (2.08 sq mi)|
|• Density||308.1/km2 (798/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2006-2011||4.9%|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|Postal code(s)||J0X 2Y0|
|Highways|| Route 148
At the end of the 1860s, a group of citizens from Clarendon Centre, under the leadership of James Shaw (1818-1877), separated the municipality from the township of Clarendon. While they had originally planned on naming the new entity "Daggville," after the name of a pioneer family, they opted instead to name it "Shawville" after James Shaw promised to donate 0.8 ha of land to the new municipality. Shawville was officially established in 1874 and was populated by Irish Protestant immigrants. Shaw, who had settled in the area in 1843, was the first mayor, serving from 1856 to 1877.
The municipality has a Methodist church that was built in Shawville in 1835, while the Catholic Parish of Saint-Alexandre-de-Clarendon opened its doors in 1840. This church would later be renamed as Sainte-Mélanie, and still later as Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur in 1917.
The town is characterized by its red-brick buildings, and unlike nearly every other municipality in Quebec, does not have a Catholic church. Shawville is home to an elementary school, a high school, a regional hospital, and the SRPC national head office. Its businesses are mostly small and family run.
The Shawville Fair, held the first weekend in September, is the town's major event. It has run every year since 1856 and includes typical county fair features such as livestock shows, auctions, truck pulls, demolition derbies, art/craft/hobby shows, diverse food stands and a midway. In recent years, it has drawn headline entertainers such as Terri Clark, Stompin' Tom Connors, Paul Brandt, April Wine, Dean Brody and Corb Lund, with total attendance reaching around 50,000.
Another noteworthy regular appearance at the Shawville fair is the sightings of an unruly native to the area know only as the Shawville Terror. This person arrives late at night and causes mischief and damage.
|Historical Census Data - Shawville, Quebec|
Shawville is an overwhelmingly anglophone (with 85 per cent of its residents listing English as their first language in the Canada 2006 Census) and Protestant (75%) community. This is unusual in Quebec, a province that is overwhelmingly French-speaking and Roman Catholic.
|Both English and French||35||2.34%|
Famous people from Shawville include the current general manager of the Ottawa Senators, Bryan Murray, his brother Terry Murray (former coach of the L.A. Kings), NHL legend Frank "The Shawville Express" Finnigan and race horse owner and lawyer Clay Horner. Former NHL referee Blaine Angus also comes from the area.
- "Shawville (Municipalité)" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- "Shawville". Répertoire des municipalités (in French). Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
- "Shawville census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 census
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