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Saint-Anselme Cemetery

1014 Amirault Street, Dieppe, New Brunswick, E1A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/11/14

Saint-Anselme Cemetery - Monument for local priests and the Calvary; City of Dieppe
Saint-Anselme Cemetery
Saint-Anselme Cemetery - full view; City of Dieppe
Saint-Anselme Cemetery
Saint-Anselme Cemetery - maple-lined lane; City of Dieppe
Saint-Anselme Cemetery

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/01/31

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Saint-Anselme Cemetery is a rural cemetery located on Amirault Street in the Saint-Anselme sector of Dieppe.

Heritage Value

Saint-Anselme Cemetery is designated a Local Historic Place for the tombstones of pioneer families from the region, as well as those of many prominent figures who left their mark on Acadian history.

Saint-Anselme Cemetery illustrates the Acadians’ respect for the Catholic religion. The cemetery dates from 1839 and contains the tombstones of many figures that made a mark on local and provincial history through their contributions in the political, business, community, educational, religious, and intellectual spheres. It also contains the tombstones of the region’s pioneer families and those of Irish families, among the oldest ones dating back to the 1870s, with engraved inscriptions of the region from whence they came in their country of origin. The cemetery is a symbol of the community spirit of Acadian pioneers, united by their common origins, their faith, kinship, and shared experiences. The parish’s pioneers who arrived in the late 1770s may possibly have been buried in that location. The oldest tombstone is that of Moise LeBlanc, who died in 1871. The original Calvary, erected in 1908, was the work of the Jobin family from Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec. Owing to deterioration over the years, the Calvary was given to the Musée Acadien de l’Université de Moncton. The current Calvary dates back to 1993. A granite monument is inscribed with the names of deceased local priests. Although still in use, much of the original pastoral setting of the cemetery has been maintained.

Source: City of Dieppe, File D23

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe Saint-Anselme Cemetery include:
- variety of styles, materials, and symbolism represented by the tombstones;
- elegance and high quality of certain tombstones, some of which are one of a kind;
- the original Cavalry housed at the Musée Acadien;
- the Cavalry erected in 1993;
- granite monument commemorating local priests;
- picturesque landscape including a variety of trees surrounding part of the cemetery.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Community Planning Act

Recognition Type

Local Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1871/01/01 to 1871/01/01
1908/01/01 to 1908/01/01
1993/01/01 to 1993/01/01
1839/01/01 to 1839/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Philosophy and Spirituality
Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Religion, Ritual and Funeral
Mortuary Site, Cemetery or Enclosure


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Dieppe City Hall - Historic Places file D23

Cross-Reference to Collection

Musée Acadien at the University of Moncton

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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