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The Ross Bay Cemetary opened in 1873 in the Fairfield area of Victoria. It is bordered by the sea on one side and be reached easily by foot from downtown Victoria (approximately a one-hour walk along the water from the Cook Street Village). Today, Ross Bay Cemetary is worth a visit for anyone interested in local history. Amongst those buried in the cemetary are Amor de Cosmos (founder of the local newspaper), the Dunsmuir family (who built Craigdarroch Castle), Billy Barker (who first discovered gold in Barkerville) Emily Carr (a prominent West Coast artists at the turn of the twentieth century) and Sir Matthew Begbie (The Hanging Judge). A map and suggested walking tour is available at the website below.
Nearby (at Harling Point) you will find the Chinese Cemetary (which isn't being used today). Originally the Chinese (and other "heathens") were buried in the southwest corner of the Ross Bay Cemetary, but as the seawall eroded the bodies buried there began being swept away by the sea. The Chinese community moved most of the Chinese graves from the Ross Bay Cemetary to Harling Point between 1903 and 1910.
Address: 1516 Fairfield Road
Directions: Beside the ocean and not far from the Fairfield Plaza shopping center. Ample street parking.
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