Topic: Linwood Cemetery "Jigsaw" Project

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A description of a project carried out 2015-16 where fragments of headstone were re-positioned onto their correct graves by the Friends of Linwood Cemetery.

"Jigsaws"

Around 2005, and with good intentions, broken fragments of headstones were collected and placed near the PEACOCK Mausoleum where Blocks 32&35 join.  Eventually they covered more than 20 grave plots.  They were grouped according to depth in the hope that pieces that had strayed from each other could be brought together.  Then when a maintenance team was working in the cemetery on behalf of the Christchurch City Council, it could join the pieces, return them to their original plot and sink them in any spare concrete that may be left over from the contracted work.  A frequent visitor living nearby to the cemetery also offered to use computer software to help determine which pieces went together when there were no other clues on a piece.

Time has passed and policy, practice, personnel and pennies are now allocated with different criteria and reshuffled just as the fragements themselves have been.  Throw the earthquake events of 2010-2011 into the mix and the area was a hopeless jumble and the Trust could see the pieces deteriorating further - not only by ne'er do wells and local visitors trying to be helpful, but also the elements.

We were very conscious of the disrespect that was being shown to the patient encumbants of the grave plots covered in broken fragments.  A solution was needed, and one that would be temporary (as only an approved Monumental Mason can make permanent changes to grave plots) and prevented the fragments "travelling" again once they were returned to their plot.

One of the Trust Board members (who is, undisputedly, a genius) suggested pieces were glued to garden pavers in a way that would make it possible for the pieces to be properly set if a family wished to do so in the future yet not be easily moved by meddlers.

We started with headstone pieces where the location could be easily worked out by just using the CCC Cemeteries Database.  We sourced pavers at a very reasonable price from several suppliers throughout the process, and managed to return fragments back to 40 plots.

Enthused with our success, we then wondered whether we could find the locations of any others.  For this we need the NZSG Headstone Transcripts for Linwood Cemetery - a manual project carried out in 1979, that in 2013  the Trust had been able to have run through a machine that made the pages PDF searchable.  And a full set of photographs of the cemetery plots so that the work could be done from a desk.  This had been completed in early 2015 (thank you same genius!).

It was amazing how some fragments with little on them had enough exclusive information to identify their location and yet others with more information had too many options to make full cross referencing with photos of the plots viable.

After about 2,500 volunteer hours, the bulk of which were spent during December 2015, we were able to return those 180 listed below to their correct locations with confidence.  There are 9 more that are too big for pavers and the Trust will seek funding to have them properly installed on a concrete desk by a Monumental Mason.

This left a large amount of "currently unidentifiable" pieces and the same genius had the idea of storing them in one or more gabion seats until there is the technology and resources for someone to find their correct locations.  At the conclusion of this phase of the project, there are 4 gabion seats grouped at the end of Block 30 providing pleasant, practical and much needed seating.

Block A Plot Extn Name First Names
35   85   AITKEN Emily Beatrice
28   221   AMESS Martha Jane
18   76   ANDREWS William Arthur Henry
18   173   ANSLEY Frederick Wm.
15   50   ASCHOFF Herman Henry + Florence + Flo Mary
32   313   ASHCROFT Auora
48   112   AUSTIN Elizabeth
31 A 62   AUSTIN  
34   188   BAKER Rupert Douglas
14   101   BAKER Victor Euries
18   79   BARRETT Thomas
12   69   BARTON John & Mary
32   122   BASTION John Webb
46   240   BERLAND Alice Louisa
32   2   BERRY Frederick
10   84   BISMAN Charles
31 A 60   BRIGGS Joseph
24   20   BRITTENDEN Molly
29   481 SEC BROWN Eric J. E. (Little Eric)
36   356   BROWN Mary Jane
29   172   CADWALLADER Alfred
26   50   CAMPBELL & JEFFREY Minnie
42   111   CAREY Denis
45   56   CARMODY Denis
18   164 NEC CARR&COOKSON Arthur & Chrissie
35   376   CHALMERS Jane
29   103   COWIE Alexander
30   211   CRAIGHEAD James & Charles
23 A 83 NWC CROPP Frank E
28   189   CUFF Helen Brown
32   186   DAVIES Andrew & Elizabeth
18   190   DAVIS & HILL Emma, Jim, William, (DAVIS) Alice (HILL)
7   2 A DAWE Nina Ellen Geraldine
27   191   DEARSLEY Elvira
32   67   DIXON M. A. (Mary Ann)
12   31   DIXON Robert & Isabella
45   178   DOYLE William
33   483   DUGGAN Anne & Charles
21   27   DUNCAN Kenneth
46   270   DUNN Agnes (wife of Fred Murray)
31 A 183   ELLINGFORD K. H. aka Jane
38   88 A EVANS Margaret Jane
15   29   FISHER Maria (March) + Maria S.
18   120   FOREST J & Helen
15   77   FUNSTON Frederick Say
31 A 77   GADD Emma & Alfed
45   72   GARDE Thomas G
28   58   GARDNER Elizabeth & Frank
27   94   GEARRY Fanny
10   40   GEORGE Daniel & Lucy
38   53 SEC GOODGER Grace Colleen
24   260   GRAHAM Julia Anne
15   111   GREEN Eunice Elizabeth
31 A 113   GRIBBIN Johanna & John
20   233   GRIERSON Trevor & Ella
33   367   HALE Charles
30   235   HANNA Robert
12   18   HARRIS Alice Mary
33   300   HARRISON Elizabeth & Leslie
31 A 208   HAY Jessie
10   44   HAYSTON Lydia
31 A 79   HERBERT x2 Anne & Charles
27   167   HICKS Hannah
24   268   HILL Charity
32   306   HILLARY Dorothy Grey
45   117   HIRST Eliza
35   48   HOBBS Hubert Frank
24   161   HOOPER Thomas
22   189   HOPKINS Hereward Phelps
25   46   HUBBARD ...Rd B. (Memorial)
28   429 A HUDSON Herbert de Carl
18   67   JACKSON Alfred & Inex
46   72 A JACKSON Richard Burns
14   32   JENKINS Edgar Henry
29   295   JONES Margaret
30   168   JUDGE Agnes Kennedy
28   207   KELLY Graeme Usher
29   111   KENNEDY Helen
25   148   KERMODE Bert (Killed In Action 18 Apr 1918)
25   148   KERMODE George, George, Jane
33   361   KEYS William Ernest
35   160   LANDELLS / LAUNDELL Elizabeth
22   42   LE SUEUR James & James Fred
15   120   LEADER Henry
32   85   LOUGTON Dorothy E & Arthur F
24   262   LUCAS Louisa Hanna
28   371   LYONS & WALKER Janet
31 A 30   MACDONALD John
25   67   MANKS Robert S
22   147   MANN Caroline
42   76   MARCHANT & RODGERS Judy Celine & Celine
25   56   MARKHAM Charles Henry
26   61   MARTIN Fanny
30   197   MASON Elizabeth
18   21   MAXWELL Edith Frances
45   256   McGRATH Margaret
28   250   McKENZIE Ann
30   205   McNAE Helen & Andrew
37   168   McNAMARA Amy Catherine
35   178   MILLICHAMP / 1907 / years
42   201   MILLS Francis
20   276   MILLS Harriet & Richard
29   519   MILNER Ellen
11   10   MORRIS Arthur, Charles, Elizabeth, Eileen
34   190 SWC MORRIS Olive Mary
42   51   MULLINS William
29   131   MUNRO John William
28   270   MURCHIE Maggie et al
45   36   MURPHY Ann & James
43   223   NELLIGAN Catherine
29   495   NEWTON William Richard
18   104   NORRIS Hilda (2 x pieces)
43   87   O'GRADY Bedelia (& Malachi)
32   81   ORR Rose
33   168   OZANNE Jane
35   270   PAPPS Margaret & James
23 A 93 SWC PARSONS Reginald & Sydney
35   272   PAUL Thomas Thomson
33   215   PEARCY Henry Charles
46   90   PECK Edward & Eleanor
35   161   PENTECOST Isaac, Clara, Alfie, Malcolm
7   8   PIERCY George Arthur
31 A 114   PITHER Mabel Annie
41   160 B POPPELWELL Ellen
        POPPELWELL  
16 A 19   PRINGLE Lillis
16 A 19   PRINGLE Thomas & Eliza Lillis
34   23 SWC PRISK Ina
32   69/71   PUGH Frank
30   141   REECE William & Martha
28   306   REID John James
30   303   ROCHFORT Mary Ann
39   1   ROOKS Frank
20   275   ROSE Henry Charles
18   97   ROWE James, Emma & Arthur James
45   219   RUMBLE Annie
36   383   SCOTT Richard
34   206   SHADRACH Walter
38   172   SHAW Julia
12   39   SMITH John Stalker
32   41   SMITH Maria (Sister LOL)
47   280   SMITH Mary
25   31   SMITH Roy
34   65   SMYTHE James Alexander
47   136   SPROSEN Edwin Stanley Neville
29   342   STEWART John
32   422   STEWART Willie
18   245   STONE John
18   245   STONE Other
33   466   SURIDGE Fanny
33   493   TABLEY&GRIFFITHS Eleanore & Charlotte
4   34   THEAKSTON Emma
28   383   THOMPSON George
35   103   THOMPSON Maria
28   383   THOMPSON Thomas
28   369   THOMSON Mary
46   201   THOMSON Robert
28   24   TOWNSEND William
47   225   TREADWELL Miriam Louise
29   40   TUCKER Elizabeth Drew
10   63   TULLEY Frederick
28   420   TURNBULL Annie
17   9   UNDERWOOD Robert Arthur
31 A 117   VALE Sophia Ann
23   15   WACHSMANN Eric Hamilton
18   136   WAGHORN Margaret
28   371   WALKER Helen
46   255   WALLACE Grace Matilda
37   90   WATT Robert
47   338   WHITE AUNTIE
46   14   WHITE Babs
23   161 NEC WHITE Ivy Eveline
45   26   WILLIAMS Harold
45   26   WILLIAMS Harriet Christmas
25   29   WILLIAMS John & Ann
32   333   WISKER Elizabeth & Philip Henry
15   41   WITHEY Mary
32   33   YOUNG (Salvation Army) Ensign William M

Awaiting professional installation (dependant on funding)

36   358   BLAKELEY Edith Frances
45   161   DRISCOLL Madeline Ethel
28   386   HERVEY Elizabeth Ann & Lettie
35   233   MALLOCH Archibald & Mary
28   85   MOORE Isabella
45   147   O'LOUGHLIN & DONOHUE Sarah, Margaret, Richard, Catherine
22   87   STAVELEY Edmond George
43   287   SULLIVAN x2 Cornelius
15   7   TURPIN Oliver Woodley

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