St John’s Anglican Church in Hororata is the third building to be used as a place of worship in the small farming community.
The first religious services in Hororata began in 1866. They were held in the living room a cob cottage belonging to Bentley Coton, Hororata’s first smallholder. Bentley, from Yorkshire, and his wife, Sarah Jane, arrived from England on the ship ‘Mystery’ in 1859.
Bentley and Sarah lived in the cottage until his death in 1913. Coton Cottage can still be visited in Hororata, although access is limited due to damage caused by the 7.1 Canterbury Earthquake. The nearby Museum is, however, open on fine Sunday’s from 1.30pm, September through May.
In around 1881, a wooden church called St John’s was erected in Hororata. It was built by Jesse Prestidge, an involved and well-known character in the region. Prestidge ran a brewery in Hororata.
To make way for today’s stone building, the wooden church was moved to a spot across the road (where it remains today and is used as a village hall) and the current church erected and consecrated in 1911. Its construction was made possible by a bequest of $10,000 by one-time New Zealand premier Sir John Hall in his Will.
Unfortunately, St John’s was extensively damaged in the 7.1 Canterbury Earthquake on September 4, 2010. Masonry from the tower crashed through the roof. The church pipe organ, originally installed in Christchurch Cathedral, was smashed to pieces. Some of the headstones have been toppled or damaged, but many remain, and are listed below.
BARSON, Emma (d. 12th November, 1912). Also her husband Thomas (d. 28th May, 1913). Thomas, a gardener, commited suicide with a shotgun. According to NZ Truth, Thomas killed himself rather than face charges, although the nature of his offence is not noted.
BARSON, Margaret (d. 20th February, 1910). Daughter of T & C BARSON.
BARSON – Rosie, Frederick and Willie. Infant children of Thomas and Emma BARSON. (No dates on memorial). New Zealand BMD info gives Frederick’s year of death as 1886 (age 17 months) and Willie’s year of death as 1889 (age 3 hours). No record found as yet for Rosie.
BEATTIE, Helen (d. 10th July, 1917). Age 38. Wife of Robert BEATTIE.
BEATTIE, Ruby Rebecca (d. 15th February, 1899). Age 3 months. Also her brother, Stanley Valentine BEATTIE (d. 15th May, 1902). Age 11 weeks. Children of John and Rebecca BEATTIE.
BROWN, Alexander (d. 20th October, 1937).
BROWN, Isabella (d. 3rd July, 1898). Wife of James BROWN. Nee TROUP.
BROWN, James (d. 19th May, 1899). Also his wife, Jean (d. 20th June, 1909). Also Agnes WHIT (d. 2nd October, 1895) age 95.
BROWN, Mary (d. 17th June, 1882). Also her husband, James Brown (d. 29th April, 1913).
DENNIS, Samuel (d. 18th February, 1928). Also his wife Sarah Ann Potts DENNIS (d. 28th July, 1931).
GRAY, Frank James (d. 27th March, 1886). Age 9 years 6 months.
GRAY, James (d. 13th February, 1892). Also his wife, Isabella (d. 20th January, 1896).
GRIFFITHS, Frances E. (d. 30th June, 1889).
GRIFFITHS, George (d. 6th July, 1896). Also his wife, Louisa (d. 9th November, 1927).
HALLIDAY, Albert William (d. 10th May, 1951). Also his wife Isobel Anne.
HARRIS, Minnie (d. 13th December, 1893). Age 21. Daughter of John and Catherine HARRIS. Also Catherine (d. 30th March, 1935).
KELTIE, James (d. 14th March, 1919). Born in County Down, Ireland.
KELTIE, Jane (d. 19th January, 1925). Also her husband, Thomas KELTIE (d. 25th January, 1926).
LEE, Alice (d. 14th May, 1880). Age 33. Also her husband, Moses Henry LEE (d. 7th December, 1908). Age 63
LORETT (d. 11th May, 1899). Age 78. Also his wife, Ann (d. 29th March, 1923). Also their children Joseph, Sydney Herbert, Veronica and Joseph.
MANSON, David (d. 23rd April, 1886). Also his brother, James MANSON (d. 28th December, 1886). Age 27.
MANSON, John Brown (d. 26th October, 1880). Also his wife, Jane Allison (d. 25th April, 1880). Ann commited suicide, by hanging.
McKIE Thomas (d. 8th July, 1897). Age 54. Also his wife Mary C. Brown (d. 2nd July, 1883). Age 19. Also William James McKIE (d. 23rd February, 1909) age 21.
NAPIER, Elizabeth McDonald (d. 9th February, 1893). Also her husband George NAPIER (d. 28th November, 1907).
OLIVER, Myra (d. 12th August, 1902). Age 3 years. Daughter of Herbert and Janey Oliver. Newspaper reports it as an accidental death, she was run over by a traction engine.
PHILLIPS, James (d. 23rd March, 1913). Also his wife Amelia (d. 15th November, 1937).
ROBINSON, William Edward (d. 22nd November, 1918). Age 30. William was a miner and served in Egypt, 1916, and on the Western Front, 1917-18.
RONALDSON, Catherine Miln (d. 1st August, 1891). Also her husband Rev. James RONALDSON (d. 20th March, 1910). Also their son, James (d. 14th May, 1879) age 19. Catherine (nee Miln) was one of the first settlers, arriving on the Sir George Seymour on 16th December, 1850. She is the sister of another early settler, John Miln. Catherine was born in Perthshire, Scotland. In 1858, Catherine left New Zealand for Scotland where she married Rev. James RONALDSON. She and her husband and family returned to New Zealand on the Dunedin in 1887, her husband having given up his position in Scotland due to ill health. They moved to a 400 acre farm near Hororata.
ROSEVEARE, Francis (d. 27th February, 1929). Age 26. Son of Samuel and E.
SWAN, Michelle Gaye (20th Nov – 2nd Dec 1959).
TEAGUE, Maggie (d. 24th October, 1901). Age 24. Newspaper reports of the death cites Maggie as the daughter of Thomas Kilby of Hororata and that she was the wife of W. Teague. However, on her headstone is inscribed “Erected by her father T. Keltie”.
TROUP, John (d. 16th February, 1899). Erected by his mother.
WATSON, Elizabeth Manson (d. 18th October, 1891). Age 31. Wife of William WATSON. Also their infant son David Archibald (d. 10th September, 1891) age 1 day.