Topic: Civic Officials Buried in Linwood Cemetery

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A commentary and list of the Civic Officials buried in Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch, NZ.

Although "Almost every man who attained particular prominence in political, professional or civic life was at some time or other a member of the provincial assemblies..." (reference unknown) and everyone needs the tailors art of making clothes and the farmers skills of producing food,  it is important to acknowledge the contribution of those who took a leading role in the civic affairs of the City of Christchurch and indeed New Zealand, who are buried in Linwood Cemetery.


One of the Trust's early identification projects was the "Mayoral Project".  It was drawn to our attention by a descendant of Charles Partridge HULBERT (Block 3 Plot 1) that information from Richard Greenaway's Linwood Cemetery Tour Guide and the Interpretation Board at the "bottom of the hill" omitted the mayor who, in 1883-84 made Linwood Cemetery and other key local services such as St John's Ambulance, stone buildings and bridges happen.

Charles Partridge HULBERT Charles Partridge HULBERT 

Excellent information compiled on Wikipedia by "Schwede" about individual Christchurch Mayors helped us on our way.  Soon we discovered 13 Mayors buried in Linwood Cemetery and several prominent Councillors and Members of the Legislative Council, such as Hon John Thomas PEACOCK (Block 32 Plot 133) who is buried in the cemetery's only Mausoleum.  No doubt there are some more to be discovered for there were mayors of City suburbs before they were amalgamated as we know them today - Samual Paull ANDREWS (Block 36 Plot 46) who was Mayor of New Brighton and later a Member of Parliament (see below), is an example.

From 1862 to 1868, Christchurch had a Town Council with a Chairman and then became a City with a Mayor.  William Barbour "Cabbage" WILSON (Block 22 Plot 162) was the last Council Chairman and the first City Mayor. The son of Hon Henry HOLLAND MP, CBE (Block 33 Plot 340) was Prime Minster of NZ from 1949-1957.

Those buried in the cemetery who also held the office of Mayor of Christchurch are:

Block Plot Term of Office Family Name First Names        
22 162 1868 WILSON William Barbour        
29 383 1871 JAMESON James P        
2 34 1877 GAPES James        
14 4 1878 THOMSON Henry        
2 34 1881 GAPES James        
3 2 1884/85 HULBERT Charles Partridge        
30 85 1886/87 AYERS Aaron        
16 31 1888/89 LOUISSON Charles Melville        
35 246 1891 GRAY Charles Mathew        
33 327 1892 PRUDHOE Wiliam        
24 126 1894 GAPES Thomas        
16 31 1898/99 LOUISSON Charles Melville        
35 246 1904/05 GRAY Charles Mathew        
22 97 1907 PAYLING George        
33 340 1912-1918 HOLLAND Henry (CBE)        

Members of Parliament

There are three Members of Parliament that we know of, buried in Linwood Cemetery;

The aforementioned Samual Paull ANDREWS, born in England and an MP in 1879.  He died on 18th October 1916 aged 80 and is buried in Block 36 Plot 46.

Ebenezer SANDFORD who arrived in New Zealand in 1874 was a typographical compositor for the newspaper and later moved to the Public Works Office when his eyesight started failing.  He served in 1890 and was a strong Trade Unionist, freemason, druid and Wesley.  SANDFORD died on 17th December 1897 at the young age of 48 and is buried in Block 31 Plot 91.

Thomas Henry DAVEY, originally from Cornwall, served in 1902.  He died on 5th April 1934 and is buried in block 21 Plot 171.

Member of the Legislative Council of New Zealand

From 1841-1951 when New Zealand was a colony of the British Isles, the Legislative Council was an Upper House of the New Zealand Parliament.  The members were appointed by the Governor-General, not elected and there was by law a minimum of 10 people appointed almost always Pakeha males.  John Thomas PEACOCK buried in the prominent Mausoleum in Block 32 (Plot 144) served on the Legislative Council 3 June 1873 – 20 September 1877; 9 October 1877 – 20 October 1905. 

Town Clerks

The role of Town Clerk was also high ranking in the local council.  A paid job of great responsibility and not subject to change by voting by the general public, the appointment was by a ballot of the exisiting Councillors.  The Town Clerk advised the Mayor and Councillors on procedures, governance and Council ethics as well as being responsible for the overall administration of the council's finances - a role akin to a CEO in the commercial world today. There are at least two Christchurch Town Clerks and one Linwood Town Clerk buried in Linwood Cemetery;


Frederick Thomas HASKINS who served from before 1884 and was the Town Clerk until retirement in 1901.  He died 18th December 1908 aged 79 and is buried in Block 11 Plot 11.

Henry Rowe SMITH was then appointed andserved until retirement and died aged 69 years on 8th July 1926 and is buried in Block 32 Plot 182.  He had arrived in New Zealand in 1881.  There was some controvacy around SMITH's appointment as the then Assistant Town Clerk, Mr H MURRAY would have been expected to have been promoted into the role, howeverhe was effectively dismissed after 25 years service under the guise of "restructuring".  (see Papers Past 24th April 1901)


Mr James ANDERSON who was born in Kirkhill, St Quivox, Ayrshire, Scotland was Town Clerk for Linwood before it was absrobed into the City.  He arrive in NZ in 1869 and died at the age of 70 on 14th July 1904.  He is buried in Block 29 Plot 79.

Other Local Roles

Also buried in Linwood Cemetery is Hastings Mayow LEE who was the Deputy Registrar and Clerk of Awards to the Arbitration Court.  He was born on the 27th August 1840 in Yscoy, Wales and arrived in New Zealand about 1867 via Melbourne. LEE died on 27th October 1907 aged 67.  He is buried in Block 17 Plot 66.

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Page created 23rd December 2015 by Alexandra.  Updated 10th September 2018

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