Fonds - Nanaimo Cemetery Trustees fonds

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Nanaimo Cemetery Trustees fonds

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  • 1877-1924 (Creation)
    Nanaimo Cemetery Trustees

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7 cm of textual records

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By 1875, Nanaimo's first Cemetery, at the corner of Wallace Street and Comox Road, was full. In 1877, the Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company donated land for a new cemetery near the present day intersection of Comox Road and Howard Avenue. In the same year, the Lieutenant-Governor appointed the Mayor and Councillors, and their successors, as the Board of Cemetery Trustees under the Cemetery Ordinance of 1870. The Trustees oversaw the fencing, draining, and regular maintenance of the Cemetery, as well as the construction of roads and the planting of shrubs and trees. The City Clerk acted as Secretary to the Trustees, and was responsible for the Cemetery's management, including supervision of the gravedigger, the sale of plots, and burials. The last burial in the Pioneer Cemetery was in 1895.

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The records were transferred to the City Archives Vault at an unknown date. The plot book and the minute volume were transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives in January 1992. Other minutes remain at the City Hall Vault.

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The fonds consists of the Nanaimo Cemetery plot book and minutes of meetings of the Cemetery Trustees.

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BCAUL control number: NCAI-65

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