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Series S152 - Mountain View Cemetery registers

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Mountain View Cemetery registers

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  • 1887-1965 (Creation)
    Vancouver (B.C.). Health Department

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33 microfilm reels

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The Health Department was formally legislated into existence in 1953 by provincial statute (Act to Supercede and Replace the Vancouver Incorporation Act, 1921). It has, however, existed de facto since the time of incorporation of the City of Vancouver in 1886. At that time, a Health Committee of City Council was established. From the earliest years, the Committee was known and referred to as both the Board of Health and the Health Department. The Health Department, as an administrative unit of city government and formally headed by a Medical Health Officer, has been recognized since 1904. Its mandate has been established through a combination of city by-laws and provincial statutes. In 1886, under the provisions of the original Vancouver Incorporation Act, City Council was empowered to pass by-laws and establish a civic department for the maintenance of civic health. The first civic health by-law (By-law no. 7), passed in 1887 and subsequent by-laws and amendments have established the authority to eliminate unhealthy or dangerous environmental health conditions, to provide health treatment (both clinical and preventive) and public health education, and to provide a varied range of social services to the community. Various provincial statutes, most notably the Health Act, have delegated powers of enforcement of increasingly detailed provincial environmental health and health care regulations to the Health Department. The Department has also been responsible for enforcement of federal government regulations relating to food purity and environmental control. Over the years, the Department has been given responsibility for twelve functions: environmental health inspection and control; communicable disease control; medical (clinical and preventive) services; public health nursing; mental health services; dental services; continuing care services; relief work; occupational health services; continuing care facilities licensing; bacteriological and chemical analysis and; cemetery and morgue administration. By 1995 the Health Department was organized into the following divisions: City Analyst Lab, Central Office, Continuing Care, Environmental Health, Mountain View Cemetery, Occupational Health, Health Units. Since January 1, 1996, responsibility for health has been vested in the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board. For a more detailed history, please consult the inventory of the Health Department fonds.

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Series consists of cemetery registers from Mountain View cemetery, which was surveyed for a City burial ground in November 1886. The cemetery registers consist of an alphabetic index to the volumes which record burials for sections of the cemetery. These sections include the Old Cemetery, Horne Addition, Horne #2 Addition, Soldiers' Section, Abray Park Additions, Jones Addition, 1919 Addition and Societies' plots for the Masons, Knights of Pythias, Foresters and other groups. The alphabetic index (reels MCR 15-2 to 15-13) makes reference to page numbers in the registers corresponding to the cemetery section. In each register, the names are arranged by burial location in the section (range, block, plot, subdivision and lot number). Most registers (reels MCR 15-1, 15-14 to 15- 33) contain an alphabetic index of names in that volume. The index is sometimes found at the end of the volume. Entries usually give the following information: name of owner, name of deceased, age, birthplace, place of death, date of death, date of burial, sex, cause of death, name of physician, religion, marital status, amount paid for lot, amount paid for digging grave and remarks (usually the name of funeral company).

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The cemetery register series is available only on microfilm.

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For an account of the historical development of Mountain View cemetery, see series 153, 146-C-5, file 7, "Public Utilities Commission Cemetery".

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Located with the blue colour-coded "Public Records Supplementary Index" drawers, there is a card index to the first Cemetery Registers, 1887-1897 and 1906-1907 (MCR 15-1). The information on these cards substantially reproduces what is available on MCR 15-1: the number in the upper right- hand corner indicated burial location in the Old Cemetery (range, block, plot, sub-division and lot #); cause of death is not indicated on the cards, but is available on the microfilm. The cards are located at 161-D-06 and 161-D-07.

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  • Box: 161-D-06
  • Box: 161-D-07