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Grave Preservation - Ross Bay Cemetery Restoration 2000

Ross Bay Restoration 2000 - A Millennium Project of OCS
The goal of the project was to complete restoration and conservation work on 160 monuments in the cemetery during the year 2000. This major project was made possible through support from the Canada Millennium Partnership Program, the BC 2000 Community Spirit Program, the City of Victoria, and public donations.

An "as-is" survey was completed to locate markers and monuments at risk and establish priority lists of sites to be worked on in the following categories:

  • ceramic-tiled grave tops
  • marble and slate grave tops
  • iron fences
  • broken or flat-lying grave markers
  • broken or vandalized monuments

The work carried out involved:

  • Removal of flat-lying markers from the ground; cleaning and resetting them in new cement collars
  • Cleaning and preparation of selected ceramic and marble/slate grave tops for repair and resetting. Repair involved recasting new ceramic tiles to replace missing ones and purchasing new marble and slate.
  • Brushing and painting of iron fencing. Removal and professional repair was necessary for some sites.
  • Repair of broken and damaged monuments.

A detailed report was prepared describing the project from start to finish

Grave Tops and Fences Selected for Restoration

Name

Plot#

Surface Material

Year

Catherine Hetherington

P108WS

Tile Top

1914

Russell Fulton

M38-W6

Tile Top

Thain

Tile Top

Alfred Langdale

P-91-WO

Tile Top

1915

J A McNeill

T83-W40

Tile Top

1908

Capt. E Tynon

C24-E27

Tile Top

1882

George Jacques

T80-W42

Tile Top

1909

Charles Moss

H59\60W20

Marble + Slate

1887

Hon A C Elliott

H72\73 E16

Marble + Slate

1889

Herbert Harrison

A38-W32

Marble + Slate

1888

George Thomson

B57-E34

Marble + Slate

1894

Charlotte Brown

A47\48 W25

Marble + Slate

Rithet

R88\89WL

Marble + Slate

Henry Pering Crease

Iron Fence

1905

Luke Gray

U E47 081

Iron Fence

1897


Grave Markers and Monuments Selected for Restoration-by Area

Name

Plot#

Monument Material

Year

John Winger

A-E30-076

Sandstone

1872

Nicholas Bailey

A-E30-070+071

Marble

1875

Edith Walkem

A-W31-043

Marble

1887

Cpt. M Thain

A-W32-070+071

Marble

1908

Hugh L Jones

A-E32-055

Marble

1885

Henry Foreman

Marble

1874

James Miller

A-W26-041

Marble

1906

Ann Miller

A-W26-040

Marble

1896

George Wilson-Brown

B-E37-090

Marble

1904

Thomas Poole

B-E34-080

Marble

1892

Thomas Price

B-E32-092

Marble

1884

Matilda Farrell

B-E31-085

Marble

1878

Charles W Schultze

B-E31-087

Marble

1887

Sophia Janion

B-E29-091

Sandstone

1876

William Johnston

C-W30-014

Sandstone

1878

Thomas Penny

C-E29-001

Marble

1904

Annie Hilliard

C-W29-017

Sandstone

1879

Lucy Murphy

C-W29-019

Sandstone

1883

Bridget Gilligan

C-E28-012

Marble

1877

Anne Denny

C-W26-033+034

Marble

1877

Mary Blune

C-W24-036

Marble

1874

Marke Deuquette

C-E24-008

Marble

1884

Antonie Reford

C-E24-006

Marble

1886

Patrick McDonald

C-E23-018

Marble

1892

John O'Connor

C-E22-016

Marble

1890

Robert Magirl

C-E23-018

Marble

1886

William Chamberling

C-E23-012

Marble

1882

Jane Sleightholme

C-E22-025

Marble

1885

Hannah Downe

C-E22-031+032

Marble

1887

Oliver Gagner

C-E29-013

Marble

1882

The project was carried out through volunteer effort, contracts with professional tradespeople, and the cooperation of the City of Victoria Parks Department. Ross Bay Restoration 2000 stands as our largest single project to date, and we are proud of its scope and the way it has enhanced this beautiful site.

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