Monumental Inscriptions from
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Canterbury, New Zealand
These pages contain extracts from the cemetery and monumental transcripts for the province of Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand. The surnames included are those families with whom I have a genealogical connection, although of course not all people with the same surname are necessarily related.
The strays page contains the names of people with other surnames who are mentioned on the gravestones, or buried in the same plots. Where both the maiden and married surnames are given, that woman is in both lists.
The list has been drawn up from typed transcripts held by the New
Zealand Collection of the Canterbury Public Library, in Christchurch.
These transcripts were mostly compiled by volunteers from the New
Zealand Society of Genealogists. The transcripts contain a number of
abbreviations, which I have used here, and they do not always reflect the
exact wording on the gravestone.
Key to the tables:
Entries in the surname tables are sorted by first name, and then date of birth (where possible, always check all possible names).
The strays table contains all people with
other surnames included on the same tombstone or in the same plot as someone with one of the listed surnames. They are sorted by surname and then first name. Some women appear in both lists.
Common abbreviations are a: aged; b: born; bro: brother; d: died; dau: daughter;
husb: husband; p.a.: passed away. Information shown in [square brackets] was obtained from other sources (mostly parish registers or death indexes). The button will take you back to the letter index at the top of the page.
Information in italics is drawn from the burial registers of the cemetery or church and not headstones. I have not included material from burial registers unless there was no gravestone or gravestone information was incomplete, and I have not checked all the burial registers.
Names in bold face are my known
relatives. Email me for
A fuller description of all the cemeteries
listed is below.
- GRAY / GREY: first names A-E, F-L, M-Z
- Strays - surnames not in above lists
BALMFORD, BIRD, CAMERON, CLARKE, CONEY, DALY, DICK, DUTHIE, DYNES, FINDLAY, GREER, GROVES, HIGHT, IRONSIDE, LEMON, LE LIEVRE, McCALLUM, MacFARLANE, McKENZIE, MacPHERSON, MARDON, MURPHY, NEWTON, NORTON, OLISLAGER, OLIVER, POPE, RICHARDS, RYDE, SADLER, SHEPHERD, SIMPSON, SINCLAIR, STEWART, THOMPSON, TORRANCE, VUCETICH, WOOD, YOUNG
Unless stated otherwise, the cemeteries are non-denominational.
The Canterbury Public Library has an online guide to many Christchurch cemeteries. The links in the list below take you straight to pages about individual cemeteries.
||Addington Cemetery, Selwyn Street, Christchurch
||Church of England Cemetery, Akaroa
||Ashburton Public Cemetery, corner Smithfield and Bremners Roads, Ashburton
||Holy Trinity Avonside Churchyard, Lychgate Close (Stanmore Road), Christchurch (Anglican)
||Barbadoes Street Cemetery, Christchurch (Anglican & Dissenting/Roman Catholic)
||Belfast Cemetery, Belfast Road
||Bromley Cemetery, Linwood Avenue, Christchurch
||Brookside Presbyterian Cemetery, Boundary Creek Road
||All Saints' Burwood Churchyard, New Brighton Rd, Christchurch (Anglican)
||Chertsey Cemetery, Main South Road, Chertsey
||South Malvern Public Cemetery, Coal Track Road, Coalgate
||Ellesmere Public Cemetery, Leeston-Rakaia Road (Presbyterian, Methodist and Anglican sections)
||Gebbies Valley Churchyard
||St Cuthbert's, Governors Bay (Anglican)
||St Mary's Churchyard, Halswell Rd, Halswell (Anglican)
||Hinds Public Cemetery, Isleworth Rd, Hinds
||Homeview Public Cemetery, Cheviot
||St John's Churchyard, Hororata (Anglican)
||Hororata Public Cemetery
||Horsley Down Public Cemetery, Hurunui County
||Kaiapoi Public Cemetery
||Linwood Cemetery, Butterfield Avenue, Christchurch
||Lyttelton Public Cemetery, Reserve Terrace, Lyttelton
||Oxford Public Cemetery, Main Road, Oxford
||St Paul's Churchyard, Harewood Road, Papanui, Christchurch (Anglican)
||All Saints' Churchyard, Prebbleton (Anglican)
||Rakaia Cemetery, Bakers Street, Rakaia
||Rangiora Church of England Cemetery
||Rangiora East Belt Cemetery (Presbyterian, Methodist)
||Ruapuna Public Cemetery
||Springston Public Cemetery
||Sydenham Cemetery, Simeon St, Christchurch
||St Peter's, Teddington (Anglican)
||Waimairi Cemetery, Grahams Rd, Christchurch
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Created: 8 May 1999
Last modified: 13 April 2000