Dimensions: 320 pages, 4.04 × 4.63 × 0.49 in
Published: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Firefly Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1554071461
ISBN - 13: 9781554071463
About the Book
A tour of historic cemeteries across Canada that looks at burial traditions, war memorials, graveyard symbols and motifs, materials used, and their conservation needs. Photographs by an awarding-winning photographer knowledgeable in historic preservation.
Read from the Book
Discovering Historic Canadian Graveyards Canada abounds in historic burial places. You may be driving along a two-lane country road and catch a sudden glimpse of a stone obelisk, glinting rays of sunlight from the middle of a field of tall grass and wildflowers. A low brick wall, a wide gate, or a quaint metal arch naming an old burying place invites you to stop for a brief investigation. More surprisingly, from a busy highway you may get a brief glance at a small group of gravestones beneath old trees, a quiet place despite its situation beside the unremittting roar of traffic. Once you begin noticing their presence, old cemeteries seem to turn up everywhere. My own enthusiasm for historic graveyards grew from a general interest in local history. The area where I live was once a small village on the north shore of Lake Ontario. When I walk out my front door, I have merely to turn the corner to find myself beside St. Luke''s Anglican Church, founded in 1832. The way to the lake naturally takes me through the churchyard, where old gravestones stand beneath tall locust trees, firs and maples. The trees were planted long ago and have shared the lifetimes of many churchgoers now resting peacefully beneath them. When my transplanted family put down its roots in this neighbourhood, I began to recognize that the names carved into the gravestones were the names of those who had founded the village, constructed its houses and established its businesses. The houses they built are now t
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Discovering Historic Canadian Graveyards Stories in Old Stones Changing Burial Traditions A New World Mounds and Cairns First Nations and Christian Missions Christian Burial and Cemetery Reform The Rural Cemetery Ideal Mount Auburn Cemetery Cemetery Reform in Canada Cremation Green Burial Ancestral Ties Historic Burying Grounds Acadian Churchyards Foreign Protestants Congregationalist Planters The New Light and Soul Effigies United Empire Loyalists Protestant Burying Ground, Quebec City Anglican Churchyards Methodist Burying Grounds Quaker Cemeteries African-American Cemeteries New Germany Ghost Town Graveyards New Iceland Ukrainian Cemeteries Chinese Cemeteries Japanese O-Bon Jewish Cemeteries Exploring Canada''s Historic Cemeteries National Landmarks The Old Burying Ground, Halifax Mount Hermon and St. Patrick''s Cemeteries, Sillery, Quebec Mount Royal and Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemeteries, Montreal Notre-Dame and Beechwood Cemeteries, Ottawa Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston The Necropolis and Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto Hamilton Cemetery Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria Old Canadian Cemeteries: A Visual Tour National Memory Lest we forget Seven Years'' War War of 1812 Crimean War Northwest Rebellion First World War National War Memorials The Irish Memorial The Inuit Memorial Maritime Disasters The Luminous Veil Reading Monuments The Meanings of Stones Mausoleums Skulls Freemasonry Symbols Obelisks Neoclassical Monuments The Willow Jewish Symbols Effigies Victor
From the Publisher
Canada abounds in historical burial places. Once you begin
noticing their presence, old cemeteries seem to be everywhere. But
these important links to the past are in danger of disappearing
forever. The expansion of cities and roadways reclaim valuable
land, and inscriptions are worn away by weather and time. Older
cemeteries may be important records of immigration, settlement,
armed forces, epidemics, class and religious schisms, and upward
mobility of ethnic groups.
In Old Canadian Cemeteries, Jane Irwin invites
the reader on a visual tour of historic cemeteries across Canada,
examining such diverse topics as:
- Burial traditions, including customs from Catholic, Protestant,
Jewish, Ukranian, Quaker, Pioneer, Acadian, Chinese, Japanese,
Inuit, First Nations and African-American cemeteries
- War memorials
- Graveyard symbols and motifs, and their meanings
- Materials used in cemeteries-stone, wood, bronze and cast
- Historic graveyard conservation.
Old Canadian Cemeteries is a must for anyone
interested in Canadian history.
About the Author
Jane Irwin is a former professor of English
Literature and an accredited member of the Association for
Gravestone Studies. Her previous books include Burlington,
for which she first teamed up with John de Visser.
John de Visser has garnered much praise for his
striking photographs of Canadian places. His work appears in more
than 50 books, and he holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in
by Jane Irwin, photographs by John de Visser, R.C.A.
Old Canadian Cemeteries is a must for anyone interested in Canadian history.