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Ross Bay Cemetery
Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia
Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC
GPS: 48.411590, -123.341939
1495 Fairfield Rd.
Victoria, BC, V8S 1G3
March 11, 2020
Total records: 24,073
Ross Bay Cemetery is owned by the City of Victoria, BC
Ross Bay Cemetery was established in 1872 when the City of Victoria purchased the remote slope overlooking Ross Bay from Robert Burnaby. Burnaby had purchased the land from Isabella Mainville Ross, an indigenous woman who was married to Charles Ross, a Hudson Bay Company trader.
The Ross' had owned 99 acres of land. When Charles died in 1844, Isabella became the first registered land owner in British Columbia. She named the property "Fowl Bay Farm" because of its abundant water fowl. However, the farm was not successful, and she began selling off parcels of land.
Isabella Ross died in 1885 at the age of 77, and was buried in an unmarked grave at Ross Bay Cemetery. The 1994, the Old Cemeteries Society installed an interpretative plaque at her gravesite.
City of Victoria Records
Records linked below were acquired from the City of Victoria on March 11, 2020. The City compiled these records on January 22, 2020. These records include all records the City has in its computer database for Ross Bay Cemetery. We made no corrections to these records.
These records include dates of death from 1872-1990.