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Canterbury, Cemeteries, Genealogical Data, gravestones, Rural

Farewell to summer, FAQs and lone burials in Oz

Dear Readers,

What a wash-out our New Zealand summer was – at least here in Canterbury. Let’s hope for some better autumn weather so I can get back out in the cemeteries and continue photographing the gravestones without my camera going rusty! There’s more work to do at Yaldhurst cemetery and the completion of South Malvern in Glentunnel and many, many more to begin work on.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Over the last month I have received quite a few questions regarding how I go about taking photographs and researching them. To answer those questions I’ve put together a Frequently  Asked Questions (FAQ) page and encourage you to add more of your questions to the comments section so I can update the FAQs regularly. I’ve answered questions as to what I do with illegible headstones, how I dig deeper into the history of a burial and much more.

Who’s Buried in Your Backyard?

On another note, you may be interested to learn of a fantastic grave-hunting project in Australia. Karen Filewood is locating and documenting lone graves in Coffs Harbour, a coastal city on the north coast of New South Wales. You can follow her progress on her “Who’s Buried in Your Backyard?” Facebook Page.

Inside History magazine in New Zealand

You might remember an article I wrote for Inside History magazine late last year on the topic of memorial roses. That magazine, which is a fantastic resource for family and local history in New Zealand and Australia, is now available in a large number of New Zealand outlets across the country. Check out the full list here: http://www.insidehistory.com.au/uploads/Stockists-NZ.pdf

Here’s hoping for a crisp and sunny autumn so I can kick through the leaves as I continue to record Canterbury’s rural cemeteries.

Happy Hunting!
Helen @ Hunting Kiwis

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.


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