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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Melita Cemetery and Winter Vault (Municipality of Two Borders)

This cemetery, situated west of Melita in the Municipality of Two Borders, was established in 1887. A small building on the southeast corner of the grounds, constructed in 1908 at a cost of $400 by contractor George Arthur Pope (1876-1950), using locally made red bricks, is used to store coffins during the winter when the frozen ground makes it difficult to dig graves.

Melita Cemetery

Melita Cemetery (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Winter vault in the Melita Cemetery

Winter vault in the Melita Cemetery (May 2019)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.26684, W101.01857
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Melita Lumber and Manufacturing Company / Melita Brick and Tile Company


A list of burials in this cemetery is available from the Manitoba Genealogical Society, including a searchable online database available to members at the MGS Manitoba Name Index (MANI). Some additional information is contained in the 1996 MGS publication Carved in Stone: Manitoba Cemeteries and Burial Sites, revised edition, Special Projects Publication, 106 pages.

Our First Century: Town of Melita and Municipality of Arthur by Melita-Arthur History Committee, 1983, pages 37, 377, 693.

Grave transcription [George Arthur Pope], Brandon Cemetery.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2021

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