Ross Bay Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in British Columbia. Ross Bay Cemetery became Victoria's community cemetery in 1872. The cemetery is divided into sections for Christian denominations, First Nations and Chinese, and the 'potter's field' where the poor are buried. 

 

Ross Bay Cemetery is the resting place for many famous British Columbians, such as Emily Carr, Sir James Douglas, Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, and Billy Barker. Many prominant Victoria families also rest here, such as the Dunsmuir family and the Rithet family.

 

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Completed with information from the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria.

 

Completed as part of COMM 490 at RRU.

Ross Bay Cemetery
Ross Bay Cemetery

Ross Bay Cemetery is one of British Columbia's oldest cemeteries. The vast assortment of trees and plants, and granite, marble, and sandstone monuments are typical of a Victorian-era burial ground.

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Isabella Ross
Isabella Ross

The namesake of Ross Bay. Isabella was the first registered female land owner in Victoria, owning most of what is now Ross Bay Cemetery.

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Tucked behind a large monument is a small plaque that speaks louder.

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Ross Bay Cemetery
Ross Bay Cemetery

Ross Bay Cemetery is one of British Columbia's oldest cemeteries. The vast assortment of trees and plants, and granite, marble, and sandstone monuments are typical of a Victorian-era burial ground.

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Photo Essay - Ross Bay Cemetery