Stratford News R Thomas Orr the subject of new book SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Wednesday, Aug. 15th, 2018 R Thomas Orr subject of new book. Photo supplied by www.ontarioplaques.com. It’s a look at one of the most prominent figures in Stratford’s history. Local author Diane Sewall has written a book on R Thomas Orr, the man who has a long list of accomplishments in Stratford including helping to create Stratford’s first public library and forming the Upper Thames Conservation Authority. A book launch is being held at the Stratford Perth Museum at the end of the month to unveil the finished product. Sewall says Orr was instrumental in developing the city. “I think what people remember most is his work to build up the riverside park system and to lead the fight against the railway taking it over.” The launch is on the 29th with the proceeds going to charity.