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Waddington Cemetery complete!

Waddington Cemetery is just across the road from where I live, yet has been the most frustrating to complete. I’m not a terribly superstitious person, but I was beginning to wonder if someone or something didn’t want me to finish photographing the cemetery.

Clarence Bull, who died at Gallipoli

Each time I visited I was plagued by technical glitches or dead batteries. On one occasion I took a nasty tumble backwards over the edge of a gravestone I had not noticed while backing up to take a picture – the camera slammed to the ground and made a horrid tinkling sound.

Luckily it survived – but I came away a bit dazed and bruised.


You’ll notice some of the listings are in red, and have no images to accompany them. These are the records of burials in Waddington with which no gravestones are now associated – unmarked graves.

If you know of a Waddington burial that is not listed, please let me know so I can research and update the records.

Happy Hunting!

About HuntingKiwis

A recent B.A. Honours (First Class) graduate of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, I'm currently studying for my M.A. (Hist). My focus is on social history, particularly the late-Victorian colonial social environment and those often-overlooked characters that lurked among settlers - the remittance men, swaggers, misfits, and wannabes.


2 thoughts on “Waddington Cemetery complete!

  1. Spooky! And yes…people don’t realise we take our lives in our hands when we photograph graves 🙂 …i’m ALWAYS looking behind me when i photograph… debris and uneven ground is everywhere!

    Posted by Sarndra | February 14, 2011, 5:26 am
  2. Have you ever been to the Brompton Park Cemetery in London? I was spooked totally in 1979. The Cemetery was listed as a place to visit in a London directory I had picked up here in NZ. It was a lovely day, I was due to travel home and at last I was visiting Brompton Cemetery! I wandered off the road down a few lanes to few inscriptions at whim and I started to get an uneasy feeling. I looked back at the way I had walked and it seemed a long way back.
    I knew that if I started to go back I would run and I did not want to run. At that moment a reserve police car came in and I stopped them and asked if I kept going would I find an exit way out….’yes’ was the response so I kept walking
    with a heart beating so fast I could hardly breathe. Out the ‘back’ behind a little church were graves that had 1600 on the headstones and my feet quicked!! Adjacent was a Catholic Church, the door was open so I escaped and sat down in the pew to regain my composure. Yes and on leaving I paid for a candle, lit it and left it burning. I also said a few Hail Mary’s I was so pleased to be leaving…

    Posted by Lesley Keast | July 20, 2017, 5:48 am

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