Historic Sites of Manitoba: Riverside Cemetery (Smith Drive, Neepawa)

This flower-covered cemetery in the Town of Neepawa is located on land once owned by homesteader Peter Graham, who received the land title on 23 February 1885. The first burial was for James Graham, Peter's 99-year-old father, which took place in December 1877.

A 1903 memorial of politician John Andrew Davidson was immortalized as the “Stone Angel”, made famous by the novel of the same name written by Neepawa-born author and pacifist Margaret Laurence. Her gravesite is located in the Wemyss family plot. As of summer 2021, the cemetery grounds are undergoing a multi-year renovation and beautification project.

A fieldstone cairn in the cemetery commemorates the Graham family. James Graham homesteaded the graveyard property and was the first person buried here.

Riverside Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

“Stone Angel” monument in the Riverside Cemetery

“Stone Angel” monument in the Riverside Cemetery (July 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

“Stone Angel” monument in the Riverside Cemetery

Graham family monument in the Riverside Cemetery (August 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.23837, W99.45656
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Andrew Davidson (1852-1903)

Memorable Manitobans: Jean Margaret “Peggy” Wemyss Laurence (1926-1987)


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.

Neepawa, Manitoba’s Picturesque Riverside Cemetery by local historian, Cecil Pittman, Neepawa, Land of Plenty.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Rose Kuzina, and George Penner.

Page revised: 4 September 2022

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