Cobourg Street was one of the original streets laid out by the Canada Company and first appears on the 1848 map. Cobourg and Albert streets were named as a pair, in honour of Albert of Saxe-Cobourge Gotha (1819 -1861) who married Queen Victoria in 1840. By Stanford Dingman
50 Cobourg St.
The Orr home: heritage site
Thomas Orr Sr.
155 Cobourg St.
Charles Farquharson, furniture manufacturer
Interior of James Pequegnat's store in Stratford, in about 1910
Arthur and James Pequegnat, clockmakers
Arthur Pequegnat Clock, The Maple Leaf
109 Cobourg St. Photo Fred Gonder
Capt. Albert James Pequegnat
James Pequegnat's son, Albert James Pequegnat, was a captain in the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance Corp during the First World War. When he died in 1959, his obituary reported that “after 1917 . . . he became an ambassador of goodwill to American troops in the U.S. and Honolulu.” His brothers, George and Nelson, also served in that war and returned home safely.
* For a treasured letter by Albert, held by the Stratford-Perth Archives, see A treasured letter home .
Kist Canada 1924, 11 Cobourg St. Vince Gratton . . . FB
William Henry Hine, tavern keeper
132 Cobourg St., house built by William Hine
Karen Haslam, Mayor and MPP
Karen Haslam didn't grow up in Stratford, but she made a mark here. She was mayor in 2000-2003, succeeding Dave Hunt and preceding Dan Mathieson. That was after she had been a New Democrat Party cabinet minister in Bob Rae's Ontario government from 1900-1995 . And before that, beginning in 1987, she had been a public school board trustee in Stratford. Haslam was a teacher and librarian before entering public life.
In Rae's government she was deputy speaker, the minister of culture and communications (1991-93), and associate to the minister of health.
In 1993, Bob Rae imposed a wage freeze and mandatory unpaid days of leave for civil servants. He created what came to be known as Rae days and they were hugely unpopular. Haslam was the only minister to resign on principle. She voted against the legislation and was demoted in 1993 to associate minister of health.
Her stand won her the respect of many dissidents within the party, but the NDP were roundly defeated in the 1995 provincial election, and Haslam lost her Perth County seat to Progressive Conservative Bert Johnson. But she managed a credible second-place finish in a riding where the NDP had little historical support.
In 1999, Haslam supported Canadian Union of Public Employees workers in Stratford during a protracted strike in the city. The following year, she scored an upset victory over incumbent Dave Hunt for mayor of the city, winning with 6,305 votes (to 4,228). She was defeated in 2003 in her bid for re-election by Dan Mathieson, who then served as mayor from 2003 to 2022 when he decided not to run again.
99 Cobourg St.
The Athenia, 1939
First log house
Architecturally speaking, a self-guided tour
A self-guided walk along one of Stratford's original streets from Waterloo Street to Parkview Drive. Walking east on Cobourg Street, you will see by the dates on the plaque properties the growth of the community from the last half of the 19th century through the early decades of the 20th century.