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Hornby Island Community Archives

R.G. 33

Acc. No.: 2019-03-06/69

Finding aid created by: Regan Fahey

Last updated: March 2019

Title: Cemetery Collection

Level of description: collection

General material designation: textual records

Extent: 13 cm

Creator(s): Advisory Planning Commission, New Horizons Society, Betty Smith, British Columbia Department of Consumer Services, Hilary Brown, Pat (Coburn) Smith, Dave Gerow, Jim Manning

Dates of creation: 1957-1990

Scope and content: This collection focuses on the efforts of the Community and descendants of the Ford Family to reclaim and preserve the 2 original cemeteries on Hornby Island.

Source of supplied title: Title is based on the subject of the collection

Immediate source of acquisition: All original accession date(s) and donor(s) are unknown as the Archives acquired the records several years prior to their being accessioned in 2019.

Arrangement: The original filing scheme of the records was reconstructed during archival arrangement on the basis of chronological order.

Language of materials: English

Record no.: R.G. 33

Repository: Hornby Island Community Archives

Finding aids: Finding aid available with file level control

Related groups of records: Related material can be found in the Early Settlers Collection (1-1 Ford Family).

Accruals: Further accruals are expected

File Inventory

Box 1

1-1 Ford Family Cemetary: Correspondence, memorandum and ephemera, 1957, 1973, 1976-1981 (1 photograph)

Re: Advisory Planning Commission seeking historical site designation for Hornby Island’s first cemetary, proposal to have a community group care for the cemetary and the procedures that must followed for this realization, Historical Plaques Program, photocopy of Certificate of Indefeasible Title for land, formation of New Horizons Society and their willingness to take on cemetary guardianship, photocopy of Certificate of Encumbrances, agreement of property owner Mr.Kniefel to relinquish ownership of the cemetary site, visit of Bill Arthurs, Jessie French and Betty Smith to the cemetary to mark out boundries, requested covenants on land transfer by the owners, complications arising from an error in the original surveying of the cemetary, complications of original agreement between New Horizons and land owner Kniefel expiring due to time limitation and the selling of property to new owners Olsen, transfer of ownership of land, official closure of the cemetary site for future burials, and miscellaneous

1-1 Graveyard point and hay field (raked) July sometime, 1957

1-2 Ford Family Cemetary: Correspondence, drawing and ephemera, 1980-1986, 1989-1990 (2 photographs)

Re: family interest for a marker for the Ford Family burial site, funding for cairn and memorial plaque with drawing and application to B.C. Heritage Trust, plans for a dedication ceremony, newspaper clipping, Chronology of Ford Family and relations buried cemetary, and miscellaneous

2-1 Cairn at Ford Family Cemetary, c1989

2-2 Marker at Ford Family Cemetary, c.1989

1-3 Pioneer Cemetary: Correspondence and notes, 1975

Re: identifying pioneer cemetary to Cemeteries Division of B.C. Department of Consumer Services, denial by Historic Sites Advisory Board of B.C of request for funds to assist in restoring cemetary, search of Land Registry Office records to confirm land was conveyed in 1902 to James Bennett and John Howe upon trust for use as a cemetary, Betty Smith’s handwritten notes on who was buried in the cemetary and miscellaneous

1-4 Pioneer and Ford Family Cemetary: Correspondence, 1976

Re: Inquiries into preservation of cemeteries and funding for maitenance, and rough draft of letter Betty Smith wrote outlining the 3 cemetaries on Hornby

1-5 Pioneer Cemetary, 1977

Re: photocopy of documents from Land Registry Office detailing land transfer in 1902 for the cemetary

1-6 Pioneer Cemetary: Correspondence and notes, 1976, 1981-1982

Re: School project to clear and clean up overgrown cemetary, letter from Jim Manning responding to school kids questions detailing who was buried in the cemetary, handwritten notes of who is buried in the cemetary, possiblility of New Horizons becoming custodian of the site, cemetary land in relation to school board land, and miscellaneous

1-7 Ford Family and Pioneer Cemetary: handwritten notes, n.d

Re: Betty Smith’s handwritten notes about the history and occupants of these 2 original Hornby Island cemeteries

1-8 Cemetary Archives, 1990

Re: handwritten brief history of the 3 cemeteries on Hornby Island, written by Hilary Brown

1-9 Ephemera, n.d

Re: pamplet