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Ross Bay Cemetery (Victoria, B.C.)
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Ross Bay Cemetery

Shows outside boundaries, plots and roadways of the cemetery.

Index map

Shows individual burial plots. Some plots marked with an "O".

Ross Bay Cemetery plot licenses

Series consists of receipts for licenses for plots in Ross Bay Cemetery.

Each license consists of two parts, an original that remained in the volume, and a duplicate original that was retained by the applicant. Each record contains the following data elements: license number, name, address, amount paid, location of plot(s) purchased, date and was signed by both the Secretary of Ross Bay Cemetery and the undertaker or purchaser.

Starting in volume 5, copies of “Application for a deed of cemetery plot” and correspondence are often attached to the license. The burial permit number(s) is noted on the license.

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Ross Bay Cemetery block books

Series consists of records of ownership and usage of burial plots in Ross Bay Cemetery.

There are five volumes in this series. Each volume contains the following data elements: block, folio, road, plot, name and remarks. The folio number refers to the page on which the name appears in the plot books (CRS 311), the name section shows what person is interred in each grave, and the remarks section contains notes on the transfer of plots, reserve plots, exhumations, re-interments, and depths.

The organization of the volumes reflects the layout of the cemetery, a grid system that uses alphanumeric designations for the blocks, roads, direction, and plots.

The first volume, dated 1873 to ca. 1907, covers blocks A through M (not always in order). The other four volumes contain the same information as the earlier book, but have been updated. Volumes 2 and 3 contains blocks A through R. Volume 4 includes blocks S through W as well as additions to blocks Q and N and Sections 1 and 2, which were new areas of the Cemetery opened up around the time of the first World War. Volume 5 has the addition of sections 3 and 4, which were new areas of the Cemetery, opened up in the 1920s. Volumes 3 and 5 are a set.

The blocks were owned by either a church or the City. For example, blocks A, B, and F where owned by the Episcopal Church, block C and D by the Catholic Church, blocks E, F, K, L, and M by the City, block G by the Wesleyan Church, and block H by the Presbyterian Church

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Ross Bay Cemetery burial permits

Series consists of the City’s copy of burial permits.

Each permit originally consisted of three parts: the City copy, the family copy, and a receipt. Each permit is numbered and captures the following information: name, age, where born, where died, date of death, day and hour of burial, officiating clergy, block, plot and road, undertaker, reserve plots, and fees.

The earliest permits are contained in bound volumes and date from December 1886 to October 1915. In October 1915 the system was changed to a three-part carbon-copy form. And the data collected changed slightly to include cause of death, re-opening, interment, exhumation, and total cost.

Other forms related to the burial may be attached to the burial permit, such as Order for Interment of Body, Medical Certificate of Death, Warrant to Bury After a View, Certificate of Cremation, and other forms and correspondence related to the transportation of remains.

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Land acquisition documents

Series consists of records dealing with land sales including conveyances, deeds, mortgages, and land and Crown grants.

The documentation traces the history of ownership of various properties until they come into the possession of the Corporation of the City of Victoria.

The City acquired ownership of many of these properties for the purpose of rights of way for sewer, paths etc., the creation or extension of roads, or for public schools. City properties acquired for other purposes include the BC Agricultural Association lands at Willows in Oak Bay, the proposed cemetery at Ogden Point and Ross Bay Cemetery. Copies of various Crown grants such as the James Bay mud flats, Mt. Douglas and Beacon Hill Park are also included.

Victoria (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Ross Bay Cemetery monthly burial register

Series consists of records of interments in Ross Bay Cemetery.

There are eight volumes in this series. The first three volumes (1883-1890) contain the following data elements: name, age (years/months), where born, where died, date of death, day and hour of burial, officiating clergyman, block, plot, road, undertaker, and remarks. The data elements in volumes 4 and 5 (1890-1908) were changed slightly and include permit number, name, age (yrs./mos.), where born, where died, day and hour of burial, officiating clergyman, block, East or West, plot, road, undertaker, and remarks.

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Ross Bay Cemetery grass plot books

The series consists of receipts for a contract for the maintenance of grass plots in Ross Bay Cemetery.

Each license consists of two parts, a duplicate that remained in the volume, and an original that was retained by the applicant. Each record contains the following data elements: license number, name, address, amount paid, location of plot(s) purchased, date, and the signatures of both the Secretary of Ross Bay Cemetery and the undertaker or purchaser.

The maintenance of grass plots was established by bylaw 2452 "Ross Bay Cemetery Grass Plots, Maintenance Fund bylaw, 1928" and adopted by a resolution of Council on29 April 1929.

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Estimates and expenses journal

Series consists of estimates and expenses regarding City buildings such as City Hall, fire halls, the market, the pound, and the Isolation Hospital, as well as Ross Bay Cemetery.

Originally from the office of W.W. Northcott.

Victoria (B.C.). Superintendent of Public Works' Office

Ross Bay Cemetery plot books

Series consists of occupancy records of burial plots in Ross Bay Cemetery. The series includes substantially the same information as that captured on the burial permit (CR-0235). Data elements include: permit number, name, age, where born, where died, day and hour of burial, clergyman, block and plot number, undertaker and remarks. The remarks section contains notes on the transfer of plots, reserve plots, exhumations, re-interments, and depths. A name index at the start of each volume gives a cross-reference to a folio in the volume.

The permit number system was not introduced until March 1884.

Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

Cemetery Committee minutes

Series consists of minutes of this committee of Council, which dealt with the administration of Ross Bay Cemetery. Includes the minutes of only one meeting, found filed and bound within the records of CRS 202 (Minutes of the Court of Revision on Local Improvements). The meeting pertains to the "removal of the remains of certain persons interred in Block 'D', along the line of the roadway under construction there, in connection with Ross Bay sea wall".

Victoria (B.C.). Cemetery Committee