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St John's Cemetery Wakefield New Zealand

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The goal of this project is to help people find their relatives’ graves at St John's Cemetery in Wakefield, New Zealand. There are many New Zealand pioneers interred but their graves are no longer visible. The reason most likely is that they had a wooden cross and this deteriorated over the years. I have found information about many of the graves and where they are located. This information has grave numbers I will use to identify the plots. Betty Bint who did the research in 1987 writes:

St John's Churchyard Wakefield 1987 Betty Bint: St John's is the oldest Anglican Church in the South Island and the 2nd oldest in New Zealand. It was opened in 1846 and the 1st Burial is reputed to have been Benjamin Lines who was drowned in the Wai-iti river on Christmas Day 1846. John Gibbs - who is also interred in this cemetery is claimed to be the man who turned the first sod in this churchyard - he must then have dug Benjamin's grave. It is also possible that he dug another small grave this same year as he also lost a small son by drowning, but I am not sure where he is buried. The burial records are very poor for St John's and we have constructed them as best we could. Of great assistance was a map done by Mr Peart & his school pupils in 1911. Some of the people I have seen their death certificates others I have seen their death notice in the paper of the day, that mentioned the funeral at St John's. Others have come from family members and of course from the headstones. But there are one or two that were Wakefield people, they died in Wakefield, and do not appear to have been interred anywhere else, it may be that they are not here but at least their death is recorded. Although it is an Anglican churchyard there are other religions buried here although I doubt if there are any Catholics. From #505 to #596 the numbers are only for the purpose of the index. I do not know exactly where they are interred in this cemetery. For the majority their death certificates tell that they are in St John's churchyard. Betty Bint 1987


Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Christine Grieder.

My project is to add all the people who are interred at St John's to WikiTree and Find a Grave. Not all of them will have a located grave plot because as Betty Bint mentioned there are not enough records to show where they are interred. My son took an aerial photo of the graveyard and I will add the plot numbers from Betty Bint's records to this aerial photo.

What I wish is that family members or other individuals would help finance the restoration of the damaged graves. These people are from New Zealand pioneer families. They were living hard and difficult lives and I feel we have to remember and admire what they did for the country. I know a lot of unfortunate things occurred especially to indigenous Maori and I totally disapprove of this.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!





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Hello Christine,

Would you mind adding the categories and to this lovely Free Space Page

Thank You Darren Kellett NZ Cemeteries Team

posted by Darren Kellett