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Cust was originally known as Moeraki Downs, then as Middleton-on-the-Cust, it being the middle town between Oxford and Rangiora.
The current name comes from Sir Edward Cust, a member of the Canterbury Association which organised the immigrant ships and early settlement of Canterbury in 1850.
The land for this cemetery, one of three in Cust, was given to the St James Anglican Parish in 1870 by Mr. John Terry Murphy of local property,“Tara”.
Tragically, he was the first person to be buried there in 1872.
A larger, public cemetery, on higher ground, was opened in 1880 – this is known as the Cust and West Eyreton Public Cemetery.
To learn more about the history of Cust and those who lived and died there visit or contact Cust Museum, open 2pm – 4pm on Sundays or by arrangement.
High-resolution photographs of the grave are available, plus one or two of the cemetery/church if applicable. This includes a full transcription, particularly for those stones that are hard to read or eroded.
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BAKER, Charles Henry Manders (d. 17th November, 1999)
BLUNDEN, Leonard Walter (d. 4th October, 1917). Killed in action in Belgium. Leonard enlisted for the Army on 27th June 1916. His Army record has been digitised and can be accessed here. The records note he was killed in action on 12th October, 1917, different from that noted on his headstone.
BLUNDEN, Reginald (d. 3rd August, 1914)
BOYD, Mary Ann (d. 16th August, 1891)
BRADLEY, Esther (d. 5th May, 1910)
BROWN, Elizabeth (d. 7th March, 1902)
BROWN, Margaret (d. 11th July, 1887). Aged 7 years.
BUNZ (family stone) – Arthur (d. ?), Mabel (d. 1982), Leighton (d. 1977)
COLLIER, Sarah (d. 6th November, 1872). One of the earliest burials in this cemetery.
COOPER, Florence (d. 1918)
COOPER, Florence Mabel (d. 4th October, 1950)
COOPER, Henry James (d. 14th August, 1884)
COOPER, James Gadsby (d. 18th October, 1909)
DOBSON, Mary Trevor (d. 24th May, 1875). Age 11 months.
FOX, Arthur Stewart (d. 15th September, 1913). Vicar of Cust 1896 – 1913.
FRIZZELL, James Wilson (d. 1st December, 1937)
FRIZZELL, John (d. 13th August, 1921)
FRIZZELL, John Richard (d. 22nd March, 1957)
FRIZZELL, Robert (d. 28th September, 1942)
GALLETLY, Alexander (d. 23rd March, 1880)
GARLAND, Alexander (d. 6th April, 1881)
GARLAND, David James (d. 7th April, 1903)
GARLAND, Georgi Alexander (d. 8th October, 1918)
GARLAND, Hellen (d. 1st February, 1910)
GARLAND, John (d. 6th August, 1921)
GARLAND, Mary (no date of death given)
GRAHAM, Alexander (d. 25th May, 1955). Born in Kingston, Jamaica.
GRAHAM, Ian Cunninghame (d. 22nd July, 1989)
HIGGINS, Robert (d. 22nd January, 1888)
HIGGINS, Robert Luke (d. 9th November, 1892)
HURLEY, Cornelius (d. 1950)
HURLY, Ann (d. 11th January, 1903)
KING, Amy Rose (d. 3rd December, 1888)
KING, Robert (d. 2nd February, 1895) Age 5 months.
KING, Thomas (d. 30th March, 1897)
KINGSBURY, Henry (d. 8th August, 1892)
LINDSAY, Charles (d. 1936)
LINDSAY, Charles Frederick (d. 24th April, 1995)
LINDSAY, Eleanor (d. 17th April, 1970)
MAINDONALD, Unknown (d. 13th June, 1933). Wife of Dan Maindonald.
McCULLOUGH, Thomas (d. 7th February, 1878)
McKIBBIN, Hugh (d. 29th January, *1873).
His arrival in 1860 on the Roman Emporer with his wife and one child is documented here. *However, things aren’t always what they seem. A blog reader who has researched Hugh McKIBBIN as part of their family history contacted me to tell me that Hugh McKIBBIN’s death was in 1893, not 1873 as is on the headstone. The headstone is obviously a replacement for an earlier stone that was damaged or weathered, and the date transcribed incorrectly. Furthermore, I was informed that, while Hugh and his wife Mary left Ireland with one child, they arrived in New Zealand with two as Mary McKIBBIN was born en route. Thank you to blog reader Gordon Fidler for providing me with this more accurate information.
MILNE, William (d. 31st January, 1885)
MURPHY, John Terry (d. 1872). First burial in this cemetery.
NANKIVELL Ellen L (nee Wayland). (d. 23rd November, 1959)
PROUSE, William (d. 1st August, 1877). Age 4.
ROBERTS, John (d. 21st December, 1880)
Also mentioned on the gravestone is Edward Percy Roberts, John’s son, who died of heart disease age 11.
SCHULTER, Thelma Ann (d. 9th December, 2000)
THOMPSON, Leo Ernest (d. 14th November, 1995)
TIPPING, B Blaney (d. 31st July, 1888)
TIPPING, James Cobourg (d. 6th February, 1913)
TIPPING, Kathleen Mary Archer (d. 6th September, 1946)
WALKER, Thomas (d. 20th October, 1909)
WARD, William (d. 25th November, 1935)
WAYLAND, Joseph (Jnr.) (d. 4th August, 1883)
WHITEHOUSE, Suzanne Mary (d. 20th February, 2006)
WHYTE, George (d. 4th July, 1900)
WILSON, Hannah (d. 9th July, 1879)
WOLFF, Hedwig Marie (d. 8th August, 1975)
WOLFF, Johanna (d. 3rd August, 1889). Inscription written in German.
WOLFF, Johannes Rudolf (d. 16th September, 1920). Wolff’s Road, located midway between Oxford and Cust, is named after this family. Horrelville Johannes Rudolph (Hans) Wolff from the Hartz Mountains in Germany. For years he leased part of Run no. 78. Descendants later purchased this property, which was south of the Eyre River. His family built a foot swing bridge across the river, west of the road ford.
WOLFF, Louise (d. 24th June, 1888)
WOLFF, Rudolph George (d. 9th April, 1963)
WOOD, Brenda Joan (d. 30th October, 2008)
WOOD, Jane (d. 1894)
WOOD, Louisa Jane (d. 1946)
WOOD, Mary Agnes (d. 1936)
WOOD, Raymond (d. 1920)
WOOD, Samuel (d. 1934)
WOODFIELD, Ernest Alfred (d. 1965)
WOODFIELD, Leonie Beatrice (d. 13th March, 1942)
WOODFIELD, Mary Ann (d. 30th June, 1927)
WOODFIELD, Owen Theodore (d. 3rd September, 2009)
WOODFIELD, *(John) Thomas (d. 13th October, 1908)
In 1858 John Thomas Woodfield married Jemima Iliffe in Leicester, and they came out to NZ on the Victory in 1859. They settled in Oxford where they ran the East Oxford Post Office and store, and invested in a flax mill, and a sawmill with several blocks of forest to mill.
*John Thomas, known as Thomas, was very active in various community endeavours, including the school, the Oddfellows lodge, and St Andrews Anglican church, where played the organ, and their son Philip was one of the first children baptised. Sadly, though, Jemima died, as did Philip and Jemima Jnr. The flaxmill failed due to a spoiled cargo and falling market, the sawmill burned down along with the forest, the shop went bankrupt when the post office was shifted to the new railway station, and the church was blown off its foundations by a Nor-Wester. John Thomas married Mary Ann Weeber in 1873, and in 1880 the family moved to Springwell Farm, on the south side of Tram road near the end of Woodfield’s Road, and became active in the local Methodist church. John Thomas is buried here at Cust because, although Jemima and the children had been buried in Oxford, he did not want to be buried there “where all (my) troubles were” .
With his 2 wives he had 18 children, 14 of whom survived to marry, leaving 1400 descendants as at 1996 when the family put together a book on “The Woodfields of Oxford New Zealand”. Also buried here are his second wife Mary Ann, his son in law Rudolf George Wolff, his sons Rupert Arthur and Ernest Alfred Woodfield, and two of Ernest’s children, Leonie Beatrice and Owen Theodore.
(Many thanks to Grant Read of Christchurch, NZ, for providing this background information).
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