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Bringing Linwood Cemetery Alive!

“Jigsaws”

Around 2005, and with good intentions, broken fragments of headstones were collected and cheap viagra pills placed near the PEACOCK Mausoleum where Blocks 32&35 join.  Eventually they covered more than 20 grave plots.  They were grouped according to depth in the hope that pieces that had strayed from each other could be brought together.  Then when a maintenance team was working in the cemetery on behalf of the Christchurch City Council, it could join the pieces, return them to their original plot and sink them in any spare concrete that may be left over from the contracted work.  A frequent visitor living nearby to the cemetery also offered to use computer softwear to help determine which pieces went together when there were no other clues on a piece.

Time has passed and policy, practice, personnel and pennies are now allocated with different criteria and reshuffled just as the fragements themselves have been.  Throw the earthquake events of 2010-2011 into the mix and the area was a hopeless jumble and the Trust could see the pieces deteriorating further – not only by ne’er do wells and viagra online no prescription local visitors trying to be helpful but also the elements.

We were very conscious of the disrespect that was being shown to the patient encumbants of the grave plots covered in broken fragments.  A solution was needed, and one that would be temporary (as only an approved Monumental Mason can make permanent changes to grave plots) and prevented the fragments “travelling” again once they were returned to their plot.

One of the Trust Board members (who is, undisputedly, a genius) suggested pieces were glued to garden pavers in a way that would make it possible for the pieces to be properly set if a family wished to do so in the future yet not be easily moved by meddlers.

We started with headstone pieces where the location could be easily worked out by just using the CCC Cemeteries Database.  We sourced pavers at a very reasonable price from several suppliers throughout the process and managed to return fragments back to 40 plots.

Enthused with our success, we then wondered whether we could find the locations of any others.  For this we need the NZSG Headstone Transcripts for Linwood Cemetery - a manual project carried out in 1979, that in 2013  the Trust had been able to have run through a machine that made the pages PDF searchable.  And a full set of photographs of the cemetery plots so that the work could be done from a desk.  This had been completed in early 2015 (thank you same genius!).

It was amazing how some fragments with little on them had enough exclusive information to identify their location and yet others with more information had too many options to make a full cross referencing with photos of the plots viable.

After about 2,500 volunteer hours, the bulk of which were spent in December 2015, we were able to return those 180 listed below to their correct locations with confidence.  There are 9 more that are too big for pavers and the Trust will seek funding to have them properly installed on a concrete desk by a Monumental Mason.

This left a large amount of “currently unidentifiable” pieces and the same genius had the idea of storing them in one or more gabion seats until there is the technology and resources for someone to find their correct locations.  At the conclusion of this phase of the project, there are 4 gabion seats grouped at the end of Block 30 providing pleasant, practical and much needed seating.

Block A Plot Extn Name First Names
35
85
AITKEN Emily Beatrice
28
221
AMESS Martha Jane
18
76
ANDREWS William Arthur Henry
18
173 ANSLEY Frederick Wm.
15
50
ASCHOFF Herman Henry + Florence + Flo Mary
32
313
ASHCROFT Auora
48
112
AUSTIN Elizabeth
31 A 62
AUSTIN
34
188
BAKER Rupert Douglas
14
101
BAKER Victor Euries
18
79
BARRETT Thomas
12
69
BARTON John & Mary
32
122
BASTION John Webb
46
240
BERLAND Alice Louisa
32
2
BERRY Frederick
10
84
BISMAN Charles
31 A 60
BRIGGS Joseph
24
20
BRITTENDEN Molly
29
481 SEC BROWN Eric J. E. (Little Eric)
36
356
BROWN Mary Jane
29
172
CADWALLADER Alfred
26
50
CAMPBELL & JEFFREY Minnie
42
111
CAREY Denis
45
56
CARMODY Denis
18
164 NEC CARR&COOKSON Arthur & Chrissie
35
376
CHALMERS Jane
29
103
COWIE Alexander
30
211
CRAIGHEAD James & Charles
23 A 83 NWC CROPP Frank E
28
189
CUFF Helen Brown
32
186
DAVIES Andrew & Elizabeth
18
190
DAVIS & HILL Emma, Jim, William, (DAVIS) Alice (HILL)
7
2 A DAWE Nina Ellen Geraldine
27
191
DEARSLEY Elvira
32
67
DIXON M. A. (Mary Ann)
12
31
DIXON Robert & Isabella
45
178
DOYLE William
33
483
DUGGAN Anne & Charles
21
27
DUNCAN Kenneth
46
270
DUNN Agnes (wife of Fred Murray)
31 A 183
ELLINGFORD K. H. aka Jane
38
88 A EVANS Margaret Jane
15
29
FISHER Maria (March) + Maria S.
18
120
FOREST J & Helen
15
77
FUNSTON Frederick Say
31 A 77
GADD Emma & Alfed
45
72
GARDE Thomas G
28
58
GARDNER Elizabeth & Frank
27
94
GEARRY Fanny
10
40
GEORGE Daniel & Lucy
38
53 SEC GOODGER Grace Colleen
24
260
GRAHAM Julia Anne
15
111
GREEN Eunice Elizabeth
31 A 113
GRIBBIN Johanna & John
20
233
GRIERSON Trevor & Ella
33
367
HALE Charles
30
235
HANNA Robert
12
18
HARRIS Alice Mary
33
300
HARRISON Elizabeth & Leslie
31 A 208
HAY Jessie
10
44
HAYSTON Lydia
31 A 79
HERBERT x2 Anne & Charles
27
167
HICKS Hannah
24
268
HILL Charity
32
306
HILLARY Dorothy Grey
45
117
HIRST Eliza
35
48
HOBBS Hubert Frank
24
161
HOOPER Thomas
22
189
HOPKINS Hereward Phelps
25
46
HUBBARD …Rd B. (Memorial)
28
429 A HUDSON Herbert de Carl
18
67
JACKSON Alfred & Inex
46
72 A JACKSON Richard Burns
14
32
JENKINS Edgar Henry
29
295
JONES Margaret
30
168
JUDGE Agnes Kennedy
28
207
KELLY Graeme Usher
29
111
KENNEDY Helen
25
148
KERMODE Bert (Killed In Action 18 Apr 1918)
25
148
KERMODE George, George, Jane
33
361
KEYS William Ernest
35
160
LANDELLS / LAUNDELL Elizabeth
22
42
LE SUEUR James & James Fred
15
120
LEADER Henry
32
85
LOUGTON Dorothy E & Arthur F
24
262
LUCAS Louisa Hanna
28
371
LYONS & WALKER Janet
31 A 30
MACDONALD John
25
67
MANKS Robert S
22
147
MANN Caroline
42
76
MARCHANT & RODGERS Judy Celine & Celine
25
56
MARKHAM Charles Henry
26
61
MARTIN Fanny
30
197
MASON Elizabeth
18
21
MAXWELL Edith Frances
45
256
McGRATH Margaret
28
250
McKENZIE Ann
30
205
McNAE Helen & Andrew
37
168
McNAMARA Amy Catherine
35
178 MILLICHAMP / 1907 / years
42
201
MILLS Francis
20
276
MILLS Harriet & Richard
29
519
MILNER Ellen
11
10
MORRIS Arthur, Charles, Elizabeth, Eileen
34
190 SWC MORRIS Olive Mary
42
51
MULLINS William
29
131
MUNRO John William
28
270
MURCHIE Maggie et al
45
36
MURPHY Ann & James
43
223
NELLIGAN Catherine
29
495
NEWTON William Richard
18
104
NORRIS Hilda (2 x pieces)
43
87
O’GRADY Bedelia (& Malachi)
32
81
ORR Rose
33
168
OZANNE Jane
35
270
PAPPS Margaret & James
23 A 93 SWC PARSONS Reginald & Sydney
35
272
PAUL Thomas Thomson
33
215
PEARCY Henry Charles
46
90
PECK Edward & Eleanor
35
161
PENTECOST Isaac, Clara, Alfie, Malcolm
7
8
PIERCY George Arthur
31 A 114
PITHER Mabel Annie
41
160 B POPPELWELL Ellen




POPPELWELL
16 A 19
PRINGLE Lillis
16 A 19
PRINGLE Thomas & Eliza Lillis
34
23 SWC PRISK Ina
32
69/71
PUGH Frank
30
141
REECE William & Martha
28
306
REID John James
30
303
ROCHFORT Mary Ann
39
1
ROOKS Frank
20
275
ROSE Henry Charles
18
97
ROWE James, Emma & Arthur James
45
219
RUMBLE Annie
36
383
SCOTT Richard
34
206
SHADRACH Walter
38
172
SHAW Julia
12
39
SMITH John Stalker
32
41
SMITH Maria (Sister LOL)
47
280
SMITH Mary
25
31
SMITH Roy
34
65
SMYTHE James Alexander
47
136
SPROSEN Edwin Stanley Neville
29
342
STEWART John
32
422
STEWART Willie
18
245
STONE John
18
245
STONE Other
33
466
SURIDGE Fanny
33
493
TABLEY&GRIFFITHS Eleanore & Charlotte
4
34
THEAKSTON Emma
28
383
THOMPSON George
35
103
THOMPSON Maria
28
383
THOMPSON Thomas
28
369
THOMSON Mary
46
201
THOMSON Robert
28
24
TOWNSEND William
47
225
TREADWELL Miriam Louise
29
40
TUCKER Elizabeth Drew
10
63
TULLEY Frederick
28
420
TURNBULL Annie
17
9
UNDERWOOD Robert Arthur
31 A 117
VALE Sophia Ann
23
15
WACHSMANN Eric Hamilton
18
136
WAGHORN Margaret
28
371
WALKER Helen
46
255
WALLACE Grace Matilda
37
90
WATT Robert
47
338
WHITE AUNTIE
46
14
WHITE Babs
23
161 NEC WHITE Ivy Eveline
45
26
WILLIAMS Harold
45
26
WILLIAMS Harriet Christmas
25
29
WILLIAMS John & Ann
32
333
WISKER Elizabeth & Philip Henry
15
41
WITHEY Mary
32
33
YOUNG (Salvation Army) Ensign William M

Awaiting professional installation (dependant on funding)

36
358
BLAKELEY Edith Frances
45
161
DRISCOLL Madeline Ethel
28
386
HERVEY Elizabeth Ann & Lettie
35
233
MALLOCH Archibald & Mary
28
85
MOORE Isabella
45
147
O’LOUGHLIN & DONOHUE Sarah, Margaret, Richard, Catherine
22
87
STAVELEY Edmond George
43
287
SULLIVAN x2 Cornelius
15
7
TURPIN Oliver Woodley