Online cemeteries in Canterbury

Springfield Cemetery Gates from Church

Once you start digging around in blogs and discussion boards you soon find there are plenty of other cemeteries around Canterbury that are being recorded and put online for others to peruse.

The work being done, by councils and by local history groups and volunteers, is to be applauded.

Below is an ever-growing list of cemeteries, cemetery projects and burial information for locations across Canterbury. If you run a cemetery organisation, or are an individual recording or looking after a cemetery in New Zealand, please get in touch so I can add you to the list.

Ashburton District Council – online burial database currently being updated with some headstone images via the Mid Canterbury Family History Group.

Ashburton District Family History Group Inc. – lots of headstone transcriptions for cemeteries in the region including Alford Forest, Ashburton Old, Barrhill, Chertsey, Coldstream, Cracroft, Dorie Churchyard, Greendale, Highbank, Hinds, Kyle, Longbeach Churchyard (Private), Methven, Mt Somers Old Cemetery. Ruapuna, Waterton, Westerfield, Windermere Churchyard, and Winslow.

Arundel Cemetery (Strathallen Country, Canterbury). Incomplete.

Canterbury Memorials (via New Zealand History Online)

Linwood Cemetery (Christchurch)

St Anne’s (nr Geraldine)

St David’s Anglican Church (Raincliff, South Canterbury)

Timaru District Council – great to see images with burial listings! Their database covers the cemeteries: Arundel, Geraldine, Pleasant Point, Pareora, Timaru, Temuka.

Waimate Old & Lawn Cemeteries Map (pdf) (Waimate) An extraordinary grave location map. Zoom in to the cemetery and click on a headstone for more details.

Waimate Area Cemeteries (Maps and Search) – Otaio / Haka / Glenavy / Morven / Esk

Woodbury Cemetery (Geraldine)


8 thoughts on “Online cemeteries in Canterbury

  1. I have some of Pleaseant Point of Wall/O’Sullivan/Wall families.
    St Anne is the name of the Catholic Church, in Pleasent Point, across from the Community/Historic Railway.

    Posted by Gretchen | June 29, 2011, 9:55 am
  2. dead links: Waimate Old & Lawn Cemeteries Map (pdf) and Waimate Area Cemeteries (maps & search). Those are the only two I clicked on. You need to check all your links.

    Posted by Trevor Adair | December 20, 2012, 9:54 am
  3. Greetings Helen (believe that’s your name) I have returned to search those two links and again find them both dead. The Waimate Area Cemeteries gives:
    Server Error in ‘/’ Application.

    The resource cannot be found.
    Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly.

    Requested URL: /Exponare/gisConditionsOfUse.aspx


    The other Waimate Old & Lawn Cemeteries Map (pdf gives a progress bar that never changes and at the bottom of the page, is this: Error #2032
    When next you tame those pesky links, would you please email me at theoldfarter@gmail.com informing me?

    Posted by Trevor Adair | November 10, 2013, 9:22 am
  4. PS. love your dog…what a smile!

    Posted by Trevor Adair | November 10, 2013, 9:24 am
  5. Is there a cemetery at Kaiapoi? or Ashley area?

    Posted by Aileen McKAY | October 25, 2018, 12:25 pm

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