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Bringing Linwood Cemetery Alive!


Date Activity
1999 Linwood Heritage Group makes the film “A Grave Subject” about the cemetery, highlighting its heritage significance.
2000 Working Party set up by concerned locals to protect and tidy Linwood Cemetery.
November 2005 Work on Mr Guthrie’s Grave (Block 9 Plot 6) sponsored by The Press. Interview with Mr Palermo, former Sexton of Linwood Cemetery.
8th November 2006 CCC Conservation Plan for Linwood Cemetery published.
24th November 2006 Trust set up and charitable status approved.
April 2007 First Officers voted in. New Main Gates installed.
June 2007 Hagley / Ferrymead Community Board funds the City Council to extend their Addington Cemetery History Research Project to Linwood Cemetery.
July 2007 Purchase of Trustees uniforms. Trust becomes a member of Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust of NZ.
November 2007 Grant for operational costs received from Hagley / Ferrymead Community Board.
May 2008 Domain name for website purchased.
June 2008 Judy McCaw, our Head Gardener, receives Community Service Award.
June 2008 Grant received from Eureka Trust for headstone repair.
October 2008 Grant received from The Pub Charity for new seat.
November 2008 Grants from The Lottery Commission and Canterbury Community Trust for headstone repair.
June 2009 Basic website goes live.
29th August 2009 Official Open Gates Ceremony held and community enjoys guided tour and barbeque.
December 2009 Restoration of the headstones of 27 graves in Block 29 approved by City Council.

Judy McCaw (Head Gardener) wins a flight over Christchurch in the Plains FM ‘Come Fly With Me’ recognition of volunteers awards.

March 2010 Restoration of 27 graves in Block 29 completed.
June 2010 CCC/TV3 Kids Fest sessions successful and over-subscribed.
September 2010 Operational Grant received from CCC Small Grants Fund.
September 2010 Cemetery survives Canterbury Earthquake with only minor damage.
October 2010 NZ Post supports the Friends with donation of Community Post Envelopes.
November 2010 A grant for administration costs is received from COGS (Dept of Internal Affairs Community Organisation Grants Scheme)
November 2010 Linda Rutland, founder member, resigns from the Trust Board due to other commitments and is made a Life-Time Honorary Friend.
January 2011
First Issue of ‘Grave Concerns’, the Trust’s biannual newsletter is published.
22 February 2011
Severe damage to cemetery from Earthquake.
March 2011
Photographic record made of damage to cemetery and True War Graves for Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
April 2011
Initial research on service personnel remembered in the cemetery completed and remembrance poppies donated by the RSA for an ANZAC Day Commemoration Event.
April 2013 Friends put in a submission and speak to the Public Meeting to the revision of the CCC Cemetery By-laws.
July 2014
Alexandra Gilbert, our Secretary receives a Community Service Award.
Revised and updated 8th July 2014 by Alexandra