Historic Cultural Perspectives Through Cemetery Landscape

Author(s): Paige Peterson; Elisa Moes

Year: 2017


The Jewish cemetery in Victoria, BC is home to approximately 300 interments and is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Canada and the second largest in western Canada. This study explores the Jewish community of Victoria during its earlier period of use from 1914 – 1918 using four individuals from a variety of economic, social, political, and gender specific backgrounds. The goal of this research was to investigate the biographies of four people buried at Emanu-El cemetery who died during the period of World War One, and to make connections between the individuals and their larger community. Using the grave memorials as a gateway into their lives, we take this public memorial of individuals who have lived and died over a hundred years ago, and extend their stories as much as possible, beyond the dates of birth and death. Research involved exploration of textual materials from a variety of institutions such as University of Victoria, BC Archives, the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, as well as from publications, newspapers, census data, military records, ship passenger lists and online genealogy websites.

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Historic Cultural Perspectives Through Cemetery Landscape. Paige Peterson, Elisa Moes. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432055)


Cemetery Historic Jewish

Geographic Keywords
North America-Canada

Spatial Coverage

min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17109