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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Oak Bay in Capital, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast

Chinese Cemetery

Le Cimetière Chinois

Chinese Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Lester, September 12, 2013
1. Chinese Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  This place, chosen by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in 1903 for its harmonized elements of Nature expressing the principles of "feng shui", is a significant legacy of the first Canadians of Chinese origin. Traditionally it was a sanctuary of temporary repose before final interment in China, a pattern which reflected the early aspirations of these immigrants to return to their homeland. After the Sino-Japanese war broke out in 1937, it was no longer possible to ship remains back to China. In 1961, bones from across Canada were finally laid to rest here.

Cet endroit, choisi en 1903 par la Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association pour ses éléments naturels harmonisés selon les principes du «feng shui», est un legs important des premiers Canadiens d'origine chinoise. Ce sanctuaire temporaire servait avant l'inhumation définitive en Chine, permettant ainsi à plusieurs de réaliser leur espoir de retourner dans la mère-patrie. Le déclenchement de la guerre sino-japonaise en 1937 empêcha l'envoi des dépouilles en Chine. En 1961, les restes disséminés un peu partout au Canada trouvèrent ici leur dernier repos.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
Location. 48° 24.46′ N, 123° 19.41′ W. Marker is in Oak Bay, British Columbia, in Capital. Marker is at the intersection of Crescent Road and Penzance Road, on the left when traveling south on Crescent Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oak Bay BC V8S, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Chinese Cemetery (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Sahsima (about 150 meters away); European exploration in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (approx. half a kilometer away); Abkhazi Garden (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Abkhazi Garden House (approx. one kilometer away); Right Reverend George Hills, D.D. (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Isabella Mainville Ross (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Tlikwaynung (approx. 1.3 kilometers away).
Chinese Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Lester, September 12, 2013
2. Chinese Cemetery Entrance
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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