The British Cemetery of Callao Peru began its activities in 1834, when Her Britannic Majesty's Consul in Lima and Callao obtained a Supreme Decree from the Peruvian Government granting him the right to purchase a plot of land for the construction of a cemetery exclusively for burials of members of the British community.
Present Days :
Among the tombs at the Old British Cemetery in Bellavista, one can find the names of people of many other nationalities: Germans, Polish, Swedish, Danish, Hungarians, Czechoslovakians, Yugoslavians, Russians, Swiss, Chinese, Japanese, Americans and many others, as well as an endless variety of religions.
People of these and other nationalities participated in the development of Peru after the war of independence from Spain
One of the men who fought for Peru's Independence was the English General (subsequently named Peruvian Marshall) William Miller, who was originally buried in the British Cemetery in Bellavista upon his death on 31 October 1862, at 66 years of age. Years later, his remains were transferred to the " Official Pantheon of Heroes" on 16 October 1926, under the mandate of President Don Augusto B. Leguia, a great anglophile. However, not only illustrious people are buried in Bellavista. General Miller's favourite cook, a black man named William Hanam born in Kingston, Jamaica
, died at the age of 60 from hydrophesia and was the 17th person to be buried in the Old British Cemetery.
Europeans and their descendents include families like the Backus family, founders of the breweries, as well as descendents of the famous railway entrepreneur Mr. Enrique Meiggs who built the Souuthern Railway (Mollendo - Arequipa) during the Balta Government and, subsequently, the Central Railway. It is also the resting place of Scottish engineers who arrived to build the railway to La Oroya and died of the dreaded malaria. Crew members, officers and employees of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company, which ran a fleet of ships that sailed between our coasts and Europe
, are buried there as well.