Waddington Cemetery


Waddington is a small settlement in the Selwyn District of Canterbury on the South Island of New Zealand. It is close to the railway settlement of Sheffield, so close that just a few plots of land separate the two townships. Waddington was named by and for William Waddington, who purchased part of the Homebush run previously held by John Deans and laid out the township in 1873.

At present there are no facilities, as such, in Waddington. The shop, butcher, school and church are long gone. Now the township is but a small collection of houses, old and new, that share the facilities of nearby Sheffield, which is just one kilometre away.

The first burial in Waddington Cemetery took place in 1882, however the earliest gravestone still standing (alone at the back of the cemetery) is dated 1883.

Robert George FLEMING – early Canterbury pioneer farmer.

A recent change to the cemetery map may hold the answer. Several areas at the back left of the cemetery have been cordoned off with posts and chain and the cemetery map sign has been updated to note these areas as containing “unmarked graves“.

I have uncovered several Waddington burials where the gravestones are no longer in situ and these are noted in RED.


View at the entrance to Waddington Cemetery

Unfortunately, several of the older, grander stones were knocked over or smashed by the recent 7.1 earthquake that struck the area. I have endeavoured to capture images of these stones in the event they are someday removed.


High-resolution photographs of all gravestones listed (except unmarked) are available, plus one or two of the cemetery if applicable. This includes a full transcription, particularly for those stones that are hard to read or eroded.

Email me for gravestone images: moorfnz@gmail.com


ABELL, Edith Maria Thornton (b. 1860, Victoria, Australia, d. 29 Jul 1954, Waddington, Canterbury).  Spouse – Richard SCARLETT

ADKINS, Elizabeth (d. 7th December, 1927)

ADKINS, Thomas (d. 8th November, 1892)

AITKEN, Hugh (d. 1st July, 1897)

ALDERSON (Group) 3 sons of J & S Alderson – Alfred, William and Maurice.

ALDERSON, Joshua (d. 1956)

ALDERSON, William Thomas (d. 25th October, 1952)

ASKEW, Eliza Lucy (b. 1868 d. Feb 1897) Daughter Of Thomas ASKEW

ASKEW, Lucy Mary (b. 30 Jul 1891, d. 22 Aug 1901). Daughter of Walter Askew & Martha nee VICKERY

ASKEW, Phoebe Martha (b. 21 Jun 1895, d. 11 Jan 1915). Daughter of Walter Askew & Martha nee VICKERY

ASKEW, Thomas ((b. 1825, Nottingham, England, d. 25 Apr 1884)  Spouse- Ann EAST-buried Addington Cemetery,Christchurch

ATKINSON, Hugh (d. 9th May, 1938)

AUSTIN, Martha Elizabeth (d. 24th April, 1942)

AUSTIN, Mary (d. 13th Febuary, 1925)

AUSTIN, Olivia (d. 17th October, 1953)

AUSTIN,  William (d. 21st August, 1953)

BALLS, John (d. 31st August, 1905)

BAXTER, Catherine (Kate) (d. 28th June, 1957)

BLACK, Melville Robin (d. 16th February, 2006) Five other family members referenced.

BLACK, Robert James (d. 14th April, 1951). Buried with wife.

BLOOR, Joseph (d. 14th November, 1909)

BRUERE, Albert Edward (d. 1945)

BRUERE, Graham Alfred (d. 12th June, 2001)

BUDGE, Harriet Frances (d. 9th September, 1942)

BULL infant son of F.A. and E.H. Bull (d. 1st May, 1938)

BULL, Clarence (d. 8th August, 1915). Killed in action – Gallipoli, Italy.

BULL, Frederick (d. 14th May, 1928). Frederick Bull was born at Enfield, Middlesex, England, in 1848. At the age of fourteen he arrived in New Zealand, at Lyttelton, with his parents, on the ship “Queen of the Mersey“. He married Grace Alexander Jackson, with whom he is buried.

BULL, Henry Maxwell (d. 17th March, 1987)

BULL, Juanita (d. 23rd May, 1984)

BULL, Ursula Mary (d. 28th December, 1904).

BULL, Walter (d. 22nd July, 1884)


High-resolution photographs of the grave are available, plus one or two of the cemetery if applicable. This includes a full transcription, particularly for those stones that are hard to read or eroded.

Email me for gravestone images: moorfnz@gmail.com


CAMERON, Allan (d. 1st June, 1896). Headstone lies in 3 pieces after recent 7.1 Canterbury earthquake.

COX, Emma E (d. 7th June, 1899)

CULLEN, Elaine Judith (d. 19th August, 1958)

CULLEN, George William (d. 22nd December, 1960)

CULLEN, Mary Elizabeth (d. 22nd April, 1935). Wife of James Robert Cullen (notable farmer).

DAIKEE, Florence Emma (d. 9th October, 1962)

DAIKEE, O O (d. 4th September, 1979).

DAVIS, Esther (d. 9th April, 1889)

DOAK, William Thomas (d. 14th October, 1932)

DUNCAN, Mary (d. 18th August, 1917)

EAVES, Rosina Phillippa (d. 1910)

EVERETT, Aaron William (d. 7th August, 1958)

EVERETT, Frederick Charles (d. 27th November, 1963)

EVERETT, Hazel Ruby (d. 19th June, 1993)

EVERETT, Ivan Stanley (d. 4th April, 2007)

EVERETT, Nellie Louise (d. 8th February, 1974)

FARRELLY, P J William (d. 26th October, 1893)

FERGUSON, Helen Christina (d. 8th July, 1920)

FINLAY, Eleanor Thornton (d. 7th July, 1960)

FINLAY, Rex (d. 1944) – twin of Roger

FINLAY, Robert Millar (d. 17th August, 1965)

FINLAY, Roger (d. 1944) – twin of Rex

FINLAY, Shirley Joy (d. 1 October, 1974)

FLEMING, Alfred George (d. 18 Sept 1883, age 18). Buried with two more family members.

FLEMING, Robert George (d. 19th May, 1906).

Photo courtesy The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

Robert arrived in New Zealand in 1856, age 15, aboard the ship “Isabella Hercus”. He was travelling with his brother, George Warren Fleming. Both were sent  from the UK to stay with their Uncle Richard John Philip Fleming.

One of the early Canterbury settlers, Robert farmed at “Willows” near Sheffield, which once formed part of the Deans’ run. He married Mary Anne Murphy in 1864 and they went on to have 8 children, two of whom are named on his headstone (Emily and Alfred George). Robert is mentioned in the invaluable family history resource “The Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biographies” (Canterbury Museum’s Documentary Research Centre holds the microfiche).

FRASER, Alexander (d. 22nd April, 1924).

Alexander Fraser was born in 1842 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where he was educated and then trained in farming. The Cyclopedia of New Zealand states he came to New Zealand aboard the ship “Tudor” in 1865, however passenger lists make no mention of this name. The year he arrived, Alexander purchased the first portion of his property, “Crawford Farm”, in Waddington, which consisted of “unimproved Crown land”.

FRASER, Elizabeth (nee Cameron) (d. 26th June, 1920)

FRASER, Elizabeth (d. 25th December, 1987)

FRASER, John Alan (d. 29th December, 1975)

GAMBLE, Charles (d. 24th August, 1923)

GAMBLE, James (d. 28th February, 1901)

GRAY, Charles (d. 24th September, 1904). Son of Mr William Gray, and Jane, of Governor’s Bay, who arrived in Canterbury in 1858, one of the early settlers, and who died 30th May, 1910, buried at Governor’s Bay cemetery.

GREEN, Bryan Francis (d. 30th August, 2003)

GREEN, Henrietta Helen (Ettie) (d. 1st December, 1895)

HELMLING, Clarice Veronica (d. 27th July, 2004)

HEWITT, William Edward Nivingsen (d. 26th January, 1910, age 24). Five more family members referenced. His grandfather, Thomas Hewitt (Hewett on Passenger List) and mother Emma, were on one of the first four ships bringing settlers to Canterbury – The Cressy – which anchored at Lyttelton on Friday, December 27, 1850. ).

HIGHT, Clara (d. 4th December, 1888). Buried with mother.

A funeral notice was posted in the The Star newspaper on 8th December, 1888.

HIGHT, Mary Jane (d. 19th February, 1885). Buried with baby.

HOWORTH, John (d. 18th December, 1898)


High-resolution photographs of all gravestones listed (except unmarked) are available, plus one or two of the cemetery and church, if applicable. This includes a full transcription, particularly for those gravestones that are hard to read or eroded.

Email me for gravestone images: moorfnz@gmail.com


HUMM, David (d. 28th August, 1925)

HUMM, George (d. 15th August, 1942). The service record (1914-1919) for George’s son Roland Amos HUMM is available online.

HUMM, Henry (b. 1872, Weedons,Canterbury, d. 1945) Spouse-Sarah VICKERY

HUMM, Maria Louise (d. 8th February, 1934). Born Maria Louise AUSTIN on 25th June 1869 in Springton, Canterbury, New Zealand. Maria’s father was John AUSTIN, born 1835 in England. He married Mary BUXTON in 1864.

Maria’s husband, Samuel HUMM, is also listed on her headstone. He died in February 1934.

Marriage Notes for Samuel & Maria – “A wedding that attracted a considerable amount of attent ion took place in our Waddington Church on 31st May, when Mr Samuel Humm was united in matrim onial bonds to Miss M. Austin, Rev.T.H. Lyon tying the knot. The bridegroom is a son of Bro.H umm, one of our honoured local preachers; and the parents of the bride are much respected i n the district. The bride wore a handsome costume, which a lady friend informs me was dark sh ade of rose. She was attended by her niece and Miss Martin. Mr David Humm acted as groomsman . After the ceremony about sixty guests partook of the hospitality of the bride’s parents a t their house.” – Source: “The New Zealand Primitive Methodist” July 1, 1893. The niece wa s Annie Ethel Austin, daughter of Richard & Sarah Owen. Before 1893 Maria was registered a s a Dress Maker. Maria’s home in 1941 was at 33 Norton Road, Frankton Junction. She is burri ed in Plot 57/17 Beam Pt in Waddington Cemetery.”

HUMM, William (d. 30th May, 1915).

“Mr Humm, who has been a farmer at Waddington for the past quarter of a century, is well-known and highly esteemed in the Malvern district. Every Christmas Day a family gathering is held at the old home, and our illustration is from a photo, taken on the last occasion, when there were present Mr and Mrs Humm, their eleven sons and daughters, their grand-children and other relatives.”
Additional notes: The Humm family were farming in the Waddington district from about the late 1870s. On this occasion it is a family gathering on Christmas Day 1903.
Rev. T. H. Lyon (photographer)
Source: The weekly press, 23 Mar. 1904, p. 39

HUTCHESON, Maria (b. 1882, 1945)  Spouse -Peter VICKERY

INNES, Charles Clifford (d. 5th March, 1974)

INNES, Margaret Jeanette (d. 18th October, 1937)

INNES, Thomas S. (d. 13th July, 1947).

Thomas S. Innes, son of William Innes, was born at Pigeon Bay, in 1872, and was brought up on a farm in Banks’ Peninsula. In 1898 he moved to Waddington, where he leased Glencairn Farm, a property of 150 aces. Two years later he purchased a second homestead farm, “Fairleigh”, which was run by the Innes family until the late 1970’s.

JACKSON, Violet (d. 12th May, 1979). Sister of Henrietta Helen GREEN.

JEBSON, Ann (d. 19th June, 1886)

JEBSON, John (d. 22nd April, 1900). Born in 1819 in Flockton, North Yorkshire John came to New Zealand in 1862 aboard the ship “Zealandia” with his wife Ann (nee Haigh) and 9 children.

via New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

JEBSON, Olivia (d. 11th January, 1925)

Star , Issue 7176, 11 January 1892, Page 3 (via Papers Past)

JEBSON, Susanna (d. 12th February, 1884). Wife of John Jebson (Junior) of London House, Sheffield.

JENKINS, Frank John (d. 4th December, 1958).  Buried with wife.

JENKINS, Nancy Emeline (d. 10th August, 1976)

JENKINS, Thomas Llewellyn (d. 10th April, 1985)

JENKINS, William James (d. 1942)

JOHNSTON, Nellie Thelma (d.3rd October, 1948)

JOHNSTON, Robert James (d. 16th September, 1962)

JONES, Frank (d. 6th September, 2000)

JONES, Freda Doreen (d. 8th November, 1927)

JONES, William (d. 21st March, 1932)

JUDD, David Henry Olave (d. 14th Jan, 1989)

JUDD, George Henry (d. 1949)

JUDD, Henry Overland (d. 1st August, 1977)

JUDD, Joan Agnes (d. 17 October, 1984). Buried with husband.

JUDD, Robert Overland (d. 1967)

KITTELTY, Aileen (d. 1965). Aileen Annie Kittelty died 7 December 1965 in Christchurch. Wife of Henry William Kittelty.

Ms G Stapleton (Australia) would like to connect with anyone researching Kittelty in New Zealand (dat1600@ncable.net.au )

LANDERY, Gladys May (d. 6th April, 2003)

LANE, Mary Ann (d. 14th October, 1902)

LANE, Rose Ellen (d. 18th December, 1897)

LAWLOR, Ivy (d. 3rd July, 1991)

LILLEY, Elizabeth (d. 28th May, 1940). Impressive group stone has toppled in earthquake.

LILLEY, Hannah Elizabeth (d. 25th October, 1963)

LILLEY, Kathleen Elizabeth (d. 22nd February, 1964)

LILLEY, Robert C (d. 4th August, 1944). Died of wounds in Italy.

LORD, John (d. 28th August, 1923). Born in Burnley, Lancashire, England in 1851, John Lord came to New Zealand aboard the “Cathcart” in 1874. He was a trained cabinet maker. After six months in Christchurch he moved inland to Waddington where he set up a building business. He married Sarah Rose (who was also aboard the Cathcart) in 1876 and, according to The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District] had five sons and three daughters. It may be a flight of fancy but perhaps John and Sarah met and fell in love onboard the Cathcart.

LORD, John William (d. 2nd June, 1909)

LORD, Joshua (d. 21st April, 1887). Aged 8.

LORD, Sarah (d. 9th May, 1938)

LUKE, Elizabeth Gundry (d. 7th April, 1885). Nee ARTHUR. Wife of Richard Henry Luke.

Elizabeth was born in 1849 in Redruth, Cornwall, UK, to Henry and Mary Ann ARTHUR. She married Richard Henry LUKE in Redruth, Cornwall and a year later on 27 June 1874 set sail on the Merope for Port Lyttleton. Elizabeth’s unmarried sister Mary Jane ARTHUR came with them – possibly to help Elizabeth as she was pregnant with their first child (birth reg’d 1874 in NZ – Elizabeth Merope!). Over the next 11 years Elizabeth & Richard had at least 6 more children and Elizabeth may have died during the birth of her last child Walter (born and died in 1885).

MACDONALD, Annie (d. 1955)

MACDONALD, Ariel Ross (d. 1971)

MACDONALD, Katherine (d. 1965)

MACDONALD, Murray Ross (d. 2000)

MACKINTOSH, James (d. 20th January, 1909). Also his son, William Donald, who died in a tragic accident as reported here.

MASON, Douglas Ian (d. 3rd January, 1998)

MILNER, Ester E (d. 1940)

MOORE, Lizzie (d. 6th October, 1908). Wife of E. M. Mulligan.

MOWAT, Guy Alexander (d. 25th April, 1982)

PAGE, Sydney Thomas (d. 12th June, 1953)


High-resolution photographs of all gravestones listed (except unmarked) are available, plus one or two of the cemetery and church, if applicable. This includes a full transcription, particularly for those gravestones that are hard to read or eroded.

Email me for gravestone images: moorfnz@gmail.com


PALMER, Christina Mackenzie (d. 4th December, 1970)

PARTRIDGE, Ethel (d. 27th March, 1981)

PATERSON, Hugh (d. 1910)

ROOKE, Ivy Myrtle (d. 10th May, 1917)

ROOKE, Mary Emma (d. 24th February, 1922)

RYAN, David Barry (d. 14th November, 1959)

SCARLETT, Georgina Jane (b. 1885, d. 5 Apr 1887) Parents- Richard & Edith Maria Thornton nee ABELL

SCARLETT, Ngaire Lorraine (nee Bruere)  (d. 3rd November, 2001).

SCARLETT, Richard (b. 1853, Yorkshire, England, d. 1922). Spouse – Edith Maria Thornton ABELL

SHERSON, Harriet (d. 13th December, 1911)

SKURR, Gwyneth Noelle (d. 27th March, 1977)

SKURR, Jessie Mabel (d. 6th September, 1975)

SMITH, Murray Armstrong (d. 14th July, 1985)

STEWART, Ebenezer (d. 19th October, 1946)

SWANEY, Christopher John Raymond (d. 28th October, 1997)

SWANSON, Emily (d. 16th June, 1953)

THORNTON, Maria Eales (b. 1823, England, d. 16 Aug 1918). Spouse  – Thomas ASKEW

TOWNSHEND, Annie Gwladys (d. 20th October, 1921). Headstone has toppled in 7.1 Canterbury earthquake.

TOWNSHEND, Jenefer Ann. No other information. Small plot.

TOWNSHEND, Ronald Howard (d. 27th August, 1975)

TURNER, Mary Lilian (d. 24th October, 1933). Buried with infant son and husband, Clarence William Turner TPR.IST, N.Z.E.F. Clarence’s second wife is also buried in the same plot.

URQUHART, David Colin (d. 4th August, 1982)

VICKERY, H W (d. 3rd November, 1946)

VICKERY, Maria (d. 28th July, 1945)

VICKERY, Peter (d. 16th August, 1959)

VICKERY, Thomas (b. 1842, Bristol, England, d. 10 Oct 1886). Spouse number 2 – Clara BEAMAN

VINCENT, Eva (d. 15th January, 1884).

WALLACE, Alfred (d. 5th July, 1906). And his wife Mary Wallace (d. 1909).

WARREN, Ruby Lillian (d. August 1997)

WATSON, Christopher Andrew (d. 15th October, 1990)

WATSON, Deena Lynne (d. 21st August, 1992)

WHYTE, Eileen Margaret (d. 27th April, 1907)

WHYTE, Elizabeth (d. 6th October, 1888)

WHYTE, James (d. 20th October, 1894)

WHYTE, William (d. 7th June, 1925)

WHYTE, William James (d. 10th August, 1903). Age 16 months.

WILLIS, George Reynolds (awaiting transcription)

WILLIS, George (d. 7th April, 1890). Born in Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, England in 1810 John arrived in New Zealand aboard the “Cressy“, with his wife Elizabeth and infant son George, in 1850. He built an hotel in Sheffield where Cobb & Co coaches stopped off, and was a member of the Waddington Cemetery board.

via New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

WILSON, Ruby (d. 3rd June, 1933)

WOODLOCK, William John (d. 7th June, 2005)

WORTHINGTON, Leonard E J (d. 1948).

WRIGHT, Geoffrey Thomas J.P. (d. 2nd April, 2003)

WRIGHT, George Edward J.P., M.B.E., Q.J.M. (d. 2005)

WRIGHT, Margaret (d. 13th September, 1947)

WRIGHT, Nesslea Quentin M.B.E.  (d. 1996)

WRIGHT, Peggy (d. 30th March, 1939)

WRIGHT, Quentin Alford (d. 29th September, 1937)


High-resolution photographs of the grave are available, plus one or two of the cemetery if applicable. This includes a full transcription, particularly for those stones that are hard to read or eroded.

Please consider a small donation to keep the site and the work going

Email me for gravestone images: moorfnz@gmail.com



33 thoughts on “Waddington Cemetery

  1. Even though I knew of my ancesters who lived in Waddington, it was great to see their headstones.

    However the one of my gg grandparents John and Mary Armstrong is not included in your photos. Their headstone is right at the back of the cemetery.

    Hopefully it was not damaged in the earthquake.


    Vivien Dell

    Posted by Vivien Dell | January 2, 2011, 2:48 am
    • Hi Vivien,

      I have almost finished photographing Waddington cemetery – I shall finish it in a couple of weeks.

      However, I don’t recall an Armstrong burial. If you could give me a date of death and the date you visited the grave I can check to see what has happened to the headstone.

      Hunting Kiwis

      Posted by hleggatt | January 2, 2011, 6:19 am
  2. Hi
    Can you please send me the photo’s of
    VICKERY, H W (d. 3rd November, 1946)

    VICKERY, Maria (d. 28th July, 1945

    VICKERY, Peter (d. 16th August, 1959)
    These are my husband’s ancestor’s. I am also looking for the surname Askew
    Michelle Cook

    Posted by Michelle Cook | January 7, 2011, 11:43 pm
    • No problem, Michelle, I’ll send these in the next half hour. The Waddington cemetery will be completed this weekend, and I will keep my eyes peeled for any Askew burials.

      Please consider a small donation, this goes to the cemeteries and churches that have been damaged to help replace the old stones and repair buildings damaged in the recent 7.1 earthquake.

      I hope you like the gravestone images and that perhaps they’ll even add a little to your family history knowledge.

      Best wishes
      Helen Leggatt
      Hunting Kiwis

      Posted by hleggatt | January 8, 2011, 1:58 am
  3. After reading the article in The Press, 16/4/2011, I looked up your website, what a great job you are doing.
    On our fathers death, Melville Robin Black, we placed his head stone at Waddington between his parents, Robert and Ella, nee Jenkins.
    Our mother Betty Helene Black, nee Carr died in 1991, and her headstone had been placed in the Waikari Cementry where she was born and breed. Waikari was not a revelant place for our father’s headstone, but to us Waddington was, as he lived near Homebush most of his life and this is where his family came from. Hopefuly our future generations will be able to trace their ancesters headstones even though they are apart.
    Gaynor Sutherland

    Posted by Gaynor Sutherland | April 16, 2011, 5:38 am
    • Gaynor, thank you for your kind comments. I will make a note to “link” the two headstones when I photograph Waikari. That way anyone who is searching can make an instant connection. Thanks for the information, it’s exactly what I hope to gain from blog visitors. If you have any genealogical information you want to share alongside your family stones, please let me know.
      Best wishes
      Helen Leggatt

      Posted by hleggatt | April 16, 2011, 5:42 am
  4. You are a hero!! This work is amazing. I’m descended from the Frasers of Waddington via his brother James who also came out from Aberdeenshire. Another brother John also came out. James and his wife Jane nee Berry along with John Fraser are buried at the old cemetary in Rangiora. I do have a photo of the Waddington Fraser’s if you wanted to add that too the headstone photo?
    Do you have a direct debit bank account for a donation. It won’t be much but it might help you keep going with your work. We have been dislocated because of the earth quake so can’t afford much. Petrol is impossable and if I can give a little and hoefully everyone else will.
    Keep up the good work.

    Posted by Brenda Good | April 17, 2011, 1:32 am
    • Hi Brenda, and thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m so sorry to hear you have been so badly affected by the quakes, I hope life will get back to some sort of normality for your and your family soon – at least a ‘new normality’. Your generous donation offer is fantastic, and any amount is much welcomed. I hope the project will be ongoing so no rush! I will email you. 🙂 The donations are all going to the churches damaged in the earthquakes, I do the project off my own back, it’s a passion!

      I would love to have any info and especially photographs of any of those interred at the cemeteries listed! I want to bring the headstones to life with as much information as possible. You can email me information you are happy to share on the blog at leggatt@xtra.co.nz or moorfnz@gmail.com.

      Again, thanks for your kind comments and all the best to you and yours during this trying time.

      Stay safe.

      Posted by hleggatt | April 17, 2011, 8:48 am
  5. Are there any remains of headstones for the four Askews and records of the sites?
    Thomas Askew was a storekeeper at Waddington.

    John Askew, great grandson of Thomas Askew
    P O Box 1,
    Northland 0444

    Posted by John Askew | May 9, 2011, 8:09 am
    • Hello John,

      As far as I can see there are no remains of gravestones surviving on the surface. The plots were cordoned off about six months ago and noted as areas of “unmarked graves”. Some of the area was previously covered by undergrowth so it could be that some gravestone remains are buried in situ. I will have a closer look for you but won’t disturb the ground. It may be that Selwyn District Council have plans to excavate for headstones, I will contact them to find out.

      Helen Leggatt

      Posted by hleggatt | May 9, 2011, 10:22 am
    • John

      This morning I received an email from Selwyn District Council regarding my query about recently discovered unmarked graves. It doesn’t look as if there is anything remaining of the gravestones in those areas.

      Prior to recent work in the Waddington cemetery a thorough search was carried out to locate any headstones or pieces of headstones, but nothing was found.

      I’m sorry we couldn’t find anything.


      Posted by hleggatt | May 10, 2011, 12:08 am
  6. Hi Helen
    Can you please send John my email address re Thomas Askew. Thomas was my husband’s Great Grandfather.

    Michelle Cook

    Posted by Michelle Cook | May 9, 2011, 8:26 pm
  7. Hi Helen
    Since you have put Waddington on the map, the amount of contacts has been amazing. Keep up the good work.I wish I was able to help.


    Posted by Michelle Cook | May 10, 2011, 1:04 am
    • Thanks Michelle, you have helped enormously by providing the Askew information, thanks!

      I’d love to know about any new connections you have made. I had wondered whether to ask permission to post contact emails of relatives researching a grave next to each gravestone listing – what does everyone think?


      Posted by hleggatt | May 11, 2011, 1:35 am
  8. Hi Helen
    It may be ok,but you have to be aware spammers go searching for email addresses. Maybe put the name of the person researching and then if someone wants to make a contact they would have to ask you to forward the address on. But just see what others have to say first.

    Michelle Cook

    Posted by Michelle Cook | May 11, 2011, 2:27 am
    • Yes, spam was my concern, and privacy issues. Perhaps I’ll tag each one that has a researcher connected with it with a link to page where people can contact me for more info or a hook-up.

      Posted by hleggatt | May 11, 2011, 2:31 am

    Posted by G MILLARD | August 5, 2011, 4:38 am
    • Hi Gavin,

      I’ll drop you a line 🙂

      You will also see from the comments above that there are other Vickery descendants that have commented above – sounds like you’re all related!!


      Posted by hleggatt | August 5, 2011, 4:59 am
      • Hi Helen
        Please pass my email address on to Gavin

        Michelle Cook

        Posted by Michelle Cook nee Chammen | August 5, 2011, 6:47 am
  10. Hi Helen

    Could I please have a copy of Eva Vincent’s gravestone she is the elder sister of my great-grandmother but died as a baby. Thank you so much for what you are doing. A couple of my relatives were buried in Barbadoes St in Chch, I have heard that it was severely affected by liquifaction, so I am not hopeful of finding a gravestone there, which is sad.

    Jeanette Paenga

    Posted by Jeanette Paenga | October 2, 2011, 2:17 am
  11. Hi Helen

    Just wondering if you had sent the Eva Vincent picture as I have not received it.


    Posted by Jeanette Paenga | October 7, 2011, 5:15 am
  12. Hey there,

    I was just looking over this web page i think you are an amazing person for doing what you do.
    I am apart of St John and we have a Youth camp out in Waddington. In March one of our Youth Leaders (and also my best friend) passed away from an Asthma attack. She spent alot of time out at Waddington and we have a lot of memories out there.
    Over the past few months we have been talking about how we would all love a place to go to just sit and chat to her and a place where we can be with her and we all love how beautiful the cemetery is out in Waddington.
    Just wanted to know if new headstones are still being put there as ive heard that no new headstones will be put out there.

    Hope to hear from you soon.


    Posted by Tessa Barnes | October 28, 2011, 2:35 am
    • Hi Tessa,

      Many thanks for your kind comments and I’m sorry to hear of your friend’s passing. Waddington Cemetery is indeed a peaceful and lovely cemetery to wander around and sit and admire the views.

      As far as I am aware burials and headstones may still be placed in Waddington, we had a funeral here just last week. The best people to speak to regarding this would be Selwyn Council’s cemetery department:

      Rolleston (03) 347-2800 or
      Darfield (03) 318-8338

      Hope that helps

      Posted by hleggatt | December 12, 2011, 1:12 am
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  14. Hi
    Good work. Over the years I have taken a number of photos in the Waddintom Cemetery, especiaially of the Newsomes and the Hawkes. My Grandad and great grandad are buried there. You have no pics of their graves and yet they are in pretty good condition.


    David J Hawke

    Posted by David J Hawke | April 30, 2013, 1:08 pm
  15. Hallo,

    I have a number of relatives in the cemetary which are not listed here. W A Hawke is one. His grave is in good condition and has a clearly readable gravestone not listed here. His wife is there also, Isobel Hawke (nee Newsome). Her grave is also there and very readable. There are other Hawkes as well. You have not listed them. My great great grandfather, Daniel Hawke, and his wife are also buried at Waddington, but their graves are not so readable.

    I have photos if anyone is interested.


    David J Hawke

    Posted by David J HAWKE | December 22, 2013, 5:21 pm
  16. Hello,

    I wonder if anyone knows anything about the grave of an Mrs Ellen Baxter (nee Logan)? She was my earliest ancestor to immigrate to NZ c.1858 (my great-great-great-grandmother). My Gran, Mary Jackson (nee Baxter) always insisted she was buried at Waddington in the very early 1900s, possibly with her husband William who died earlier (maybe 1880s-90s)

    There could be other Baxter relatives buried in the area also.

    Thanks, Scott Jackson

    Posted by Scott Jackson | October 11, 2015, 5:35 am
    • Hi Scott,

      Ellen was indeed buried in Waddington Cametery. Unfortunately, she may be in one of several now unmarked graves (i.e. headstones have gone) as I do not have an image for a headstone for her. I live right near the cemetery. However, the Selwyn cemetery database holds the following information:

      Record: ID19124
      Surname: Baxter
      First names: Ellen
      Age: 74 years
      Date of interment” 18/12/1906
      Gender: Female
      Cemetery: Waddington
      Beam: N
      Plot type: Grave
      Plot number: 7
      Row: 16
      Denomination: Presbyterian
      Clergy: Rev Kidd

      When I am next there, I shall check the beam and plot number to make doubly sure.

      It would appear that her husband, William, was buried not far away in Glentunnel at the South Malvern Cemetery. I do have an image of his headstone which I will send to your email address.

      His burial details are:

      Record: ID13769
      Surname: Baxter
      First names: William
      Age: 63 years
      Date of interment: 26/09/1896
      Date of death: 26/09/1896
      Gender: Male
      Cemetery: South Malvern
      Beam: N
      Plot type: Grave
      Plot number: 1
      Row: 72
      Denomination: Presbyterian
      Clergy: Rev James Baxter

      Hope this helps
      Helen @ Hunting Kiwis

      Posted by hleggatt | October 12, 2015, 3:39 am
  17. Thank you very much Helen, that’s very helpful as I was planning to go look out that way and would have been disappointed to not find Ellen’s plot. I’ve always been interested in her as although she emigrated from Northern Ireland with her husband and 4 year old son, she was obviously a ‘person of colour’ to some degree which is slightly mysterious.

    Cheers, Scott Jackson

    Posted by Scott Jackson | October 12, 2015, 7:40 pm
  18. Hi was wondering if we could have picture or more info on Ruby Lillian Warren d August 1997

    Posted by Val Hughan | December 13, 2015, 12:09 am

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