McKenzie Plot Restoration Project

By Little Britain United Church
November 2, 2017

Little Britain Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Manitoba. The cemetery is located with Little Britain United Church, along the Red River at 5479 Highway #9 just south of Lower Fort Garry. Catherine McKenzie, daughter of Angelique and Roderick McKenzie, was the first (known) burial in the cemetery in 1851. Roderick was the Chief Trader (1821) and Chief Factor (1830) for the Hudson’s Bay Company and in retirement, settled down in ‘the civilized world of Red River’, presumably not far from the present cemetery.

Catherine’s brother, James, who froze to death in 1860, her sister-in-law, Catherine, and her parents Angelique and Roderick (Roddy) who both died in 1859 are all buried in the family plot at Little Britain. A low stone fence with iron railings imported from England in 1865 were erected around the burial site which is now in need of extensive repairs. Each winter causes more damage to the plot, with the estimated cost of this restoration being $20, 000. We are appealing to the descendants of the McKenzies, community groups, cultural heritage and archival organizations for financial assistance with the intention of finishing the restoration project in 2018. Further information may be obtained by phoning 204. 757.2489 or emailing the cemetery administrator at Donations, earmarked McKenzie Plot Restoration, made to Little Britain Cemetery, will be gratefully accepted.

Little Britain United Church & Cemetery
5879 Hwy #9
Lockport, MB, R1A 2P7

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