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Study Spotlights Private Cemeteries in Austin

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larger_img_0299.jpg--December 2, 2008

The Austin Cultural Committee has just released a new study. Titled “Cimetières privés à Austin,” the 38-page document is the work of committee member Serge Wagner, in collaboration with Maurice Langlois, Claude Savary, Madeleine Saint Pierre. Jean Morin and Lisette Maillé.

The study provides information on nine privately-owned cemeteries situated on the territory of the municipality of Austin. These cemeteries, all family burial grounds dating to the pioneer era, and most in very lamentable condition, include: the Bryant-Brown Cemetery; the Channell Cemetery; the Hopps Cemetery; the Page Cemetery; the Randall / Sargent Cemetery; the Spinney Cemetery; the Wing / Taylor Cemetery; the Place gravestone; and the Moses Austin gravestone. The latter two refer to individual gravestones that have been preserved but whose original gravesites have become lost.

The study provides some basic historical background for each site, with family history for those buried. It also includes photographs, copies of original documents, cemetery maps and detailed directions to each site. In addition, each cemetery includes a detailed evaluation of the condition of the grounds and the gravestones. The grading system used was developed by QAHN as part of its 2008 CHIRI study. In fact, the Austin study is intended to serve as a continuation of the inventory created as part of the CHIRI initiative. Finally, an appendix includes information on all 19 known cemeteries (including those that have disappeared) in Austin.

“Cimetières privés à Austin” is available in French. For more information about this study or about the Austin Cultural Committee, email Serge Wagner at: sergewagner@hotmail.com. Or write to the Austin Cultural Committee at: 21, ch. Millington, Austin, Quebec, J0B 1B0.