Scenes from the Cemetery: Building a Nation took place Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Cast and Characters

Samuel Pedlar (1833-1910): Author and historian, wrote unpublished manuscript today known as the Pedlar Papers— Rick Kerr

Thomas Henry (1798-1879) and daughter Jennie (1852-1935): a veteran of the War of 1812 and later a travelling minister for the Christian Church— Geoff Coulter & Isabelle Blanusa

George Gurley (1831-1909): Member of the first iteration of the Ontario Regiment in 1866, Oshawa’s first Chief of Police— Bill Baker

John Dickie (1787-1872): Participated in 1837 Rebellion, a landmark event towards responsible government— David Laing

Rev. Robert Thornton (1806-1875): Minister and early settler, namesake of Thornton Road— Glenn Rabjohn

Major Alfred Hind (1877-1930): 116th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Major, D Company— Earl Wotten

Thomas N Gibbs (1821-1883): Businessman, Oshawa’s first Mayor, Oshawa’s first Member of Parliament— Bryan Stanish

Harriet Cock (1787-1884): A wealthy, independent woman of the mid 1800s— Julie Jarrett

Edwin Arnold (1902-1946): Corporal, Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps, World War II— Paul Dobbs

Verna Conant (1888-1992): Wife of Premier Gordon D. Conant, a local philanthropist and first president of the Oshawa Historical Society— Jane Hickey

Thank you to our partners

Oshawa Union Cemetery
Ontario Regiment Museum
Oshawa Little Theatre
The dedicated and creative cast
Rick Kerr, Creative Director

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Durham Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.   We gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of Oshawa.

Images from 2017’s Scenes from the Cemetery, courtesy of Denise Wilkins