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.
HuntingKiwis has written 33 posts for Hunting Kiwis

Season’s Greetings to Hunting Kiwis Readers

Having spent November in the UK visiting family and friends I’m now back in New Zealand ready to take on Christmas and record new cemeteries in Canterbury. It’s been an ‘interesting’ year and a busy one, too. I hope the efforts of Hunting Kiwis have given you some helpful family history hints and piqued your … Continue reading

Hunting Kiwis August Update

It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks it will be the “anniversary”, for want of a better word, of the 7.1 earthquake (Sept 4 2010) that devastated many cemeteries. What a year it’s been with almost 7,400 aftershocks. In October it will be a year since I started photographing the cemeteries. My … Continue reading

Earthquake damage at Greendale Cemetery

I returned to Greendale Cemetery last week having not visited since a month after the 7.1 earthquake centered close to the cemetery. I was unable to enter the cemetery at that time due to Council restrictions as much fallen masonry was strewn around. Most stones have now been laid flat, or at the very least … Continue reading

New Page: Online Cemeteries in Canterbury, New Zealand

Hello Hunters, There are lots of great cemetery projects ongoing around Canterbury that I thought you’d like to hear about, and after recent events I hope there are more projects like this to come. I have, therefore, set up a page listing all these projects, which will be updated as more are uncovered or come … Continue reading

Darfield Roman Catholic cemetery listing updated

It won’t be long before the Roman Catholic cemetery belonging to St Joseph’s Church will be complete. I almost finished it on the Queen’s birthday weekend but my poor old camera is starting to show the strain of so much cemetery work and it decided to shut down. It’s working again now but I think … Continue reading

Cleaning Gravestones – DOS and DON’TS

In recent months I’ve noticed an increase in the number of people interested in cleaning gravestones. While this is an admirable notion it’s also an activity that strikes fear into the heart of many a taphophile. If not carefully researched and prepared for, an attempt to clean a gravestone can result in more damage than … Continue reading

First look at damage in Ellesmere Public Cemetery

Prompted by an enquiry from a blog reader about the condition of his ancestors’ headstone in Ellesmere Public Cemetery, I decided to find out the extent of the damage at that site. A friend, who lives near the cemetery, kindly offered to pop in for me to locate the the headstone, and to ascertain the … Continue reading

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! 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% … Continue reading

ANZACs online – free!

Hi all, Just a quick note to let you all know that Ancestry.com is allowing free access to 40million+ records in their military collection from New Zealand, Australia, US, UK, and Canada. The free access  is available from 22nd to 26th April, 2011. Go to the following link to begin your research. http://www.ancestry.com.au/anzac2011 Happy Hunting.

Press coverage for Hunting Kiwis

Did you spot Hunting Kiwis in The Press weekend edition this week?  No? Shame, it was a great write up! I hope to be able to upload a digitized  image of the article soon. We have had some generous donations, so thank you all for your support. Oh, and we’ve started up a Facebook Page, … Continue reading

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