The Onslow Island Cemetery was founded in September 1763
At the Township of Onslow Meeting held on the 13th of September 1763 it was voted, “That the East side of the Island in the Uper Mash be aloued and sequestred for a buring place.” (Israel Longworth, Q.C., Truro c. 1880).
In 1901 an Act of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly incorporated the Trustees of the Onslow Cemetery Company. Its provisions have guided the management and care of the cemetery to the present day.
It is one of the oldest cemeteries in Nova Scotia and one of over a dozen graveyards in Colchester County containing the remains of the Planters (see Planter Burying Grounds for more info.) who arrived here during the 18th century.
Annual Work Day

After two years where the annual Work Day was cancelled by the pandemic, the Onslow Island Cemetery invites members and volunteers to come help do some seasonal maintenance and tidying up. rake

  • Saturday April 30, 2022 at 8:30 am
  • Please bring your rake, shovel and edge trimmer (if you have one).
  • (Rain date: May 7, 2022; 8:30 am)


Looking for Information?
  • Check out our History Section to see a photo of a recently restored 1898 map of the cemetery.
  • Also visit our Governance/ Policy section for our latest policies and by - laws.

Questions/ Comments? Contact us at: info@OnslowIslandCemetery.ca
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