Delving into the lives behind gravestones reveals some often touching, sometimes shocking, real-life stories. Using local records, verbal history and old newspapers, I am slowly uncovering some local headstone histories.
The Belgrave Children
One stone bears simply the names and ages of four of the Belgrave children. What were their names and ages? And did they have any brothers and sisters?
Wattse, Watts, or what?
We try to find out more about the John W A Watts who drowned crossing the Waiau in 1862, and who was buried at Hanmer Springs Cemetery.