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Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery

Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/01/10

View facing east showing large, eroded headstones, Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, Harbour Grace, NL.  Photo taken November 1, 2005.; HFNL/ Deborah O'Rielly 2005.
Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, Harbour Grace.
South facing oblisk, located in the corner of the cemetery.  Inscription has mostly eroded but ornamentation is still visible.  Photo taken November 1, 2005.; HFNL/ Deborah O'Rielly 2005.
Grave marker, Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery.
View looking west, showing a cluster of headstones and private property which backs onto the cemetery.  Photo taken November 1, 2005.; HFNL/ Deborah O'Rielly 2005.
Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, Harbour Grace.

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/01/13

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery is a small cemetery located on a quiet, one way street in the community of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador. The designation is confined to the boundaries of the cemetery delineated by a fence.

Heritage Value

The Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery has been designated a Municipal Heritage Site because it has spiritual value. This cemetery, located next to the Rising Sun Loyal Orange Lodge, dates to circa 1799, and was no longer used by 1856. With headstones almost completely eroded by time and weather, this ancient burial ground still commands respect and an air of reverence. Huge markers reveal weathered, elaborate homage’s to those interred in the cemetery grounds, but today they stand precariously among the heaving ground and foliage. A single sign stands near the gateway which simply says, “Heritage Site, Oldest Known Grave Stone, 1802”. The largeness of the headstones and their shapes and designs reveal the importance placed on this cemetery by the Roman Catholic community of 19th century Harbour Grace, and its subsequent designation as a municipal heritage site shows the importance of this cemetery to the present community.

Source: Passed by a motion of Harbour Grace Town Council, held January 10, 2006

Character-Defining Elements

All those elements that define the early nineteenth century cemetery, including:
-all remaining grave markers, including their sizes and shapes;
-organic pattern of graves;and
-location, orientation and dimensions.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

NL Municipality

Recognition Statute

Municipalities Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1799/01/01 to 1856/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Religious Institutions

Function - Category and Type



Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1 Springdale Street, St. John's, NL, A1NC 5V5

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