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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. 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.


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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