Addington Cemetery

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[edit] Location

Selwyn Street, Christchurch. Between Disraeli Street and Fairfield Avenue.

NZSG: Q10.01

[edit] Description

The Christchurch City Council have recently done a fantastic job of tidying up Addington and as a result, not only is it looking great and easier to see the graves, but the level of vandalism appears to have dropped.

View of Addington looking east from Selwyn Street
View of Addington looking east from Selwyn Street
View of Addington looking east from Selwyn Street
View of Addington looking east from Selwyn Street


[edit] History

The Addington Cemetery was established in 1858 when the Scottish Presbyterians of St Andrew’s Church (which was located about a mile away on the triangle of land between Oxford Terrace, Tuam and Antigua Streets) purchased land for a cemetery in Selwyn Street. Although not the first cemetery in Christchurch, Addington was in fact the first “public” cemetery, “being open to all persons of any religious community” and allowing the performance of any religious service “not contrary to public decency”. The other major cemetery at Barbadoes Street primarily provided for Anglican services, thus many of the more radical personalities, who were not prepared to conform to Anglican services, opted for the Addington Cemetery. The profits made from the purchasing of plots went towards the acquisition of sites for religious and educational purposes, the relief of the poor and provision of bursaries for the Christchurch High School (today known as Hagley High School).

Plot Map of Addington Cemetery

Plan of Addington Cemetery

Its plots were taken up over a relatively short period of time. By 1980 it was made a ‘closed cemetery’, meaning that no further burials were permitted, with the exception of certain people who own existing family plots.

In 1947 the Christchurch City Council assumed management of the cemetery and they have maintained the cemetery as one of the city’s recognised "green spaces".

The Draft Addington Cemetery Conservation Plan and the Guide to Addington Cemetery, which contain histories of the cemetery and of many of those buried there, are well worth reading.

[edit] Burials

For burial records see the Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database.

The first burial took place on the 10th of November 1858. The deceased was accident victim George McIlraith, who died at age 20.

The cemetery has several persons of note buried within its grounds including activist Kate Sheppard, Christchurch Mayor Thomas Edward Taylor (Tommy) and members of the pioneer family, the Deans.


[edit] Acknowledgements

Christchurch City Council and Library


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