Cemeteries - Ross Bay Cemetery - Markers
Marker Styles at Ross Bay Cemetery
The styles of markers at Ross Bay Cemetery cover a wide range of influences and forms. You can find upright gravestone markers (stellae), flat in-ground markers, elaborate mausoleums and tall pillars.
In the late 1800s when Ross Bay Cemetery opened, there was a trend to large, opulent
markers for those who could afford them. This is easily seen in the grave of
Sir James Douglas.
Until the turn of the century, curbing was common around graves. Either curbing or a grave fence would normally be erected around a plot, and often both. By the 1920s, large monuments started to go out of fashion, with a more subdued, flat-in-the-ground marker becoming standard. This minimalist style still remains. Due to the cost of maintaining a modern cemetery, many cemeteries allow only flat, in-ground markers.
This has not stopped some families from coming up with unique styles to remember their loved ones. Examples can be seen in modern, innovative or one-of-a-kind styles in Ross Bay Cemetery, such as the licence plate, the tribute to Fred the Fireman or the giant clam shell.
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