Loburn (St Brigid's Catholic) Cemetery

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[edit] Location

Loburn Whiterock Road, Loburn

NZSG: Q03.08

[edit] Description

The cemetery has continued to be used on a regular basis. In 2001, a lack of space, uncertainty over where vacant plots were situated, and the need to keep an open area near the church caused a new area to be opened on the opposite side of the entrance drive.

There are a number of plots without headstones, which may indicate unused plots, or used but unmarked. The Rangiora Parish burial register shows a number of names not found on headstones, but also there are other headstones with names but not found in the register.

[In Brigid’s Church a history of the Church of St Brigid Loburn, New Zealand by Michael J. Hanrahan, 2002]

[edit] History

St Brigid’s is one of very few Catholic churches in the Christchurch diocese with its own cemetery – possible a factor in ensuring the survival of the church itself. An application was made about 1873 to the Canterbury Provincial Government for a church site on Crown land at Loburn. About the same time a Mr Francis Hardy (also a trustee with Daniel Higgins and John O’Halloran), bought 20 acres including the five acres of Crown land. This land was handed over to the trustees and a church was built in 1875.

[edit] Burials

[edit] Acknowledgements

Waimakariri District Council publication "Cemeteries Within The Waimakariri District"

[edit] Return to Canterbury Cemeteries

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