History of Goulbourn – Caretaker of Dreams


The Goulbourn Township Historical Society (GTHS) will be digitally reprising their Millennium Pageant “Caretaker of Dreams” on Saturday March 25th, 2017 at the Richmond Legion. The Play was written by Barbara Bottriell, directed by Shelagh Mills and produced by the Goulbourn Millennium Project Committee.


The play recaptures the story of the Goulbourn Township from the early Richmond settlement in 1818 to the youths’ vision of the future beyond 2000. It was conceived not as a history lesson, but as recognition of the achievements of the township pioneers. The play was initially planned as a millennial project, but also became a record of our history as the Province on Ontario decreed that Goulbourn Township would disappear with the expanded border and amalgamation of Stittsville with the City of Ottawa in 2000.


The Goulbourn Historical Society was sponsor of the project and the play was produced by the Goulbourn Millennium Project Committee chaired by Jean Shaw.


This was a great community event including over 100 Township actors, musicians and dancers supported by Dance Director Christine Delorme-Lamarche, Sets by Ron Martin, Lighting by Paul Gardner, Musical Director Barbara Bottriell, Costumes by Lynn Griffiths and Production co-ordination by Hilary Dick.


The pageant was held November 22-25 2000 in the then new Theatre of the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Stittsville. Videographer Sandy Durocher recorded this spectacular event.


It is this recording transformed into a digital format by Russell Mason, that the GTHS will be showing at the Richmond Legion as our March community event. Show time is 1:30pm. The Legion is located at 6430 Ottawa Street, Richmond. As always, admission, parking and refreshments are free. And remember, tell a neighbour, bring a friend!