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Original speaker’s chair coming to Cobourg in February

This is the original speaker’s chair for the Canadian Parliament in 1867, used by the Honourable James Cockburn. It was bought for the Province of Canada in 1863 and moved to Ottawa after Confederation. It was used until 1873 when it was replaced. It is made of Walnut with velvet seat covers. The design is Gothic, meant to match the architecture of the building. Cockburn kept the chair when he retired and remained within the family until it was donated by his great-granddaughter, Helen Sprott in 1983. This chair will be displayed in the James Cockburn Room of Victoria Hall. For more information, check out these two news stories from Northumberland Today and Northumberland News.

James Cockburn’s chair will be on display in Cobourg

We are so excited about this news! Thanks to Northumberland Today for this great article: “COBOURG – Cobourg expects many visitors during Canada’s sesquicentennial year, but few so distinguished as an inanimate one from Ottawa — the actual chair James Cockburn sat in during his time in the House of Commons.

And since this particular Father of Confederation practiced in Cobourg during his early career, the loan of the chair by the Federal government for display in Victoria Hall seems appropriate.” more…

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James Cockburn honoured at Cobourg Civic Awards

A Distinguished Civic Award for Heritage goes to a man who brings life to James Cockburn, who was one of the founding Father of Canadian Confederation and first speak of the House of Commons in 1867; a local lawyer; and municipal councillor, representing Northumberland and Durham Counties in the legislature for Upper Canada. He dresses in period costume, performed in 2010 celebrations of James Cockburn Day and volunteers his time at many functions of historic significance as Mr. Cockburn. He also speaks to Cobourg elementary and secondary school students on the importance of James Cockburn to Canada and the Cobourg community. Ladies and gentlemen, a distinguished Civic Award for Heritage goes to Rob Franklin. The award was presented in a special ceremony at Victoria Hall on Wed. Feb. 22, 2012.