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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Cemetery (Shortdale, Municipality of Roblin)

A monument in this cemetery in the Municipality of Roblin, near the former community of Shortdale, was erected in 2007 to commemorate St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church and pioneers of this area. Their surnames are listed on a plaque on the monument.

In the early 1900s, Polish immigrants from the Galicia region of eastern Poland arrived here. In 1916, they established a cemetery and, five years later, they built St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church. The parish was served by priests from Sifton until 1939, from Grandview between 1939 and 1957, and in its final years by ones from Roblin. After 1952, an increasing number of burials were made in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery at Roblin. The church closed in 1967 and its building was eventually demolished.

St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Cemetery

St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Cemetery (no date)
Source: Will Tishinski

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.24294, W101.05800
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

This page was prepared by Will Tishinski and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 April 2020

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