Series CR-0235 - Ross Bay Cemetery burial permits

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Ross Bay Cemetery burial permits

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  • 1886-1999 (Creation)
    Victoria (B.C.). Parks Department

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4.96 m of textual records

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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.

Previous record keeping practices included licences for plots and perpetual maintenance contracts in the burial permitting system. While these records use the same numbering as the burial permits, they are distinct records series with their own access restrictions (see below).

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Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, cemetery licences and perpetual maintenance contracts included in this series are restricted and only regular burial permits older than 20 years may be viewed.

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Records are provided for personal research and enjoyment. All other uses require permission.

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