Saturday, 25 September 2010

Ross Bay Cemetery

Victoria's 28 acre Ross Bay Cemetery is a pleasant 30 min. walk from downtown. It contains graves of many of Victoria's earliest and most notable residents, including early premieres of the Province.

The only grave I saw with any popular tributes was that of Emily Carr, well-known Canadian artist, shown in the photograph.

The cemetery contains the grave of one father of Canadian Confederation, the Hon. John Hamilton Gray, originally from New Brunswick. There's an Ottawa connection there as he was related to one of the soldiers in the Ottawa Company of Sharpshooters who served during the 1885 Northwest Rebellion.

My visit was made more pleasant by a brochure produced by The Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria highlighting some of the more historically interesting people buried at Ross Bay.

There's a database of the burials at Ross Bay at http://web.victoria.ca/archives/rosssearch.asp

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