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New cemetery added – Hanmer Springs

What does a taphophile do on a birthday trip to Hanmer Springs? Yes, that’s right, she finds the local cemetery and spends a few hours recording it!

Ross / McKay gravestones at Hanmer Springs Cemetery

How could I resist? A lovely Autumn day, time on my hands and an understanding husband armed with Sudoku on his phone meant I was able record 75% of Hanmer Springs Cemetery last weekend. Unfortunately my batteries didn’t quite have the staying power that I did so I will need to return to finish the task, which is no hardship with the hot pools to relax in afterwards.

If there’s one thing I love it’s uncovering a mysterious gravestone. In the case of Hanmer it’s the mysterious “W A Wattse” – the earliest burial I found in the cemetery. Except, there are no records for a “W A Wattse” to be found. That’s because, I discovered, his name is actually “John W A Watts” and I’ll tell you more about him, and his unfortunate demise, in a Headstone Histories article in due course.

In the meantime keep checking back as Hanmer Springs listings are added over the coming week.

Happy Hunting!


About HuntingKiwis

A recent B.A. (Hist) graduate of Massey University in New Zealand, I'm currently studying for my M.A. (Hist) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. 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.


6 thoughts on “New cemetery added – Hanmer Springs

  1. Great effort Helen 🙂

    The perfect birthday trip!


    Posted by Sarndra | May 19, 2011, 4:30 am
  2. Hi Helen, Heard you this afternoon on National Radio. I especially waited to go out till after I heard your slot. Your site also featured this past month in the Newsletter for the Papakura Branch NZSG. Margaret

    Posted by Margaret | May 21, 2011, 9:21 am
  3. I think your site is wonderful Helen. You are an amazing job, its time consuming work! I am currently photographing the Oxford cemetery which has become an earthquake hazard area unfortunatly.

    Posted by leandra | May 29, 2011, 7:52 am

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