Geraldine Cemetery, South Canterbury, N.Z.  - the east end.

The Timaru City Council sexton books start in 1872, the year the sexton was appointed. There may be older burials at Geraldine on the east side of the cemetery where there are broken headstones and free ground areas. Though the older burials are scattered from one end of the cemetery to the other in rows 950, 305, 401, 402 and 902. Cemetery database. In the advanced search field when a cemetery is selected a search can be by first name, no surname necessary. Try some spelling variations for the surname. Enquires. Help research the names. Email me if you have any information. Thanks.

Of your charity pray for the soul of
Honorah beloved wife of
Laupence Coogan
died 29th June 1880
Plot 230 Row 101. Plot ID 1116

The gave backing it is William Earl late of Otaio died at Timaru July 31st 1921 aged 84 years.
also his beloved wife Bridget Martha Earl died June 7th 1933. Aged 85. R.I.P.
HALL.

In loving memory of Martin Bourke who died October 8th 1896 aged 49 years also Andrew beloved son of the above who died June 28th 1903 aged 19 years. R.I.P.
also Catherine Bourke beloved wife of the above who died Aug. 16th 1905.

Of your charity pray for the soul of Robert Larkin the beloved husband of Mary Larkin died 17th Feb. 1907, aged 66 years.
also for Mary, his dearly loved wife died 2nd march 1922 aged 77 years.

Sacred to the memory of Michael Guerin who died April 16th 1910 aged 76 years.
Also his beloved wife
Ellen who died July 19th 1923 aged 70 years R.I.P.

In loving memory of William Regan who died Oct. 4th 1942 aged 83 years. R.I.P.

In the memory of Bridget beloved wife of Jeremiah Connolly who died march 1st 1906 aged 61 years also Jeremiah Connolly died April 20th 1911 aged 74 years.

McDonald

Across in the next row is McShane

In loving memory of Timothy Sugure who died Nov. 15th 1900 aged 51 years also his wife Mary died Sept 28th 1940 aged 80 years.

In loving memory of John beloved husband of Margaret Sugure died Jan. 4th 1918 aged 67 years.
Also Margaret beloved wife of the above died march 2nd 1926 aged 64 years. R.I.P.

In loving memory of John O'Malley died 16th April 1906 aged 64 years
also of Bridget wife of the above
died 17th Jan. 1914 aged 75 years.

Photos taken Sept. 2014 by G. T. 

Timaru Herald, 20 March 1872, Page 2
Geraldine Cemetery. A meeting of the managers of the above cemetery was held on Friday last m the Road Board office. Present Messrs W. Upton Slack (Chairman), Dr Fish, Messrs John Kennedy, and Allan Macdonald. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Resolved "That a copy of the rules and regulations adopted by the Managers of the Geraldine Cemetery be forwarded to His Honor the Superintendent for his approval." Letters were read From the Secretary for Public Works, relative to the appropriation of the cemetery from Mr Cooper, on behalf of Mrs Jollie, expressing a desire to purchase a plot of 12 by 12 enclosing the grave of the late Mr F. Jollie. Resolved "That the application he granted." Resolved "That a parallel line be drawn uniform with the eastern boundary of the Wesleyan and Episcopalian allotments, as hear the graves as practicable, to enclose a space of ground, to be subject to clause o of the regulations adopted by the Board." Resolved "That tenders be invited for clearing and ploughing about ten acres of the Cemetery, to be sent m on or before Tuesday, April 2nd, at eleven a.m., addressed to the Chairman of the Cemetery Board; also, that applications be invited for a person to perform the duties of sexton, to be sent in as described above." Resolved "That the next meeting of the Board be held April 2, at 11 a.m.

Timaru Herald, 19 April 1872, Page 2
Geraldine. Present Messrs W. Upton Slack (chairman), John Kennedy, Allan Macdonald, George Taylor, and John Huffy. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The following tenders were opened for clearing and ploughing the cemetery William Ashby, £1 10s per acre David Osborne, £1 5s; Daniel Guthrie, £1. Resolved That Daniel Guthrie's tender be accepted conditionally." Applications were opened from persons offering to perform the duties of sexton of the cemetery from W. C. Andrews and Alfred J. Ford. Resolved That Alfred J. Ford be appointed sexton of the Geraldine cemetery." Resolved That the managers be requested to solicit subscriptions amongst their respective denominations for defraying the expense of clearing and ploughing the cemetery." That the sexton be duly authorised to impound any cattle found trespassing m the Geraldine cemetery, according to the Trespass of Cattle Ordinance."  

Photos taken Sept. 2014 by G. T.

Whites Aviation Collection, ATL. Nov. 1962

Spring in Geraldine
A few lambs are frisking about
Early cottage gardens are green with legumes,
Blue hyacinths and daffodils golden blooms
Oh everything's happy I declare
'Cause spring is here
For this is beautiful Geraldine.

The wind sings in the pine trees
and the church bells they say
Come come you back today
Listen to the birds in the morning hours
and smell the bright spring flowers.
Come come back to Geraldine.
September 2019 Spring Poet

Headstone Inscriptions from c1982 - old graves along eastern boundary

1. John HENEY d. 21 Jan 1884. Aged 60.

2. Broken headstone. William IRVINE d. 17 Feb. 1865 aged 65
Also his daughter Helen HENEY d. 1 Feb. 1864 aged 28.

3. Andrew REID died at Geraldine 19 May 1891 aged 46.
"Blessed are the Died that die with the Lord."
Also his wife Isabella Reid d. 15 June 1933 aged 88.

4. John McRAE d. 30 Oct. 1867 aged 29.
Also Magdalene d. 2 Oct. 1868 aged 18 mths.

5. Margatha Jane CAMPBELL d. 2 March 1871 aged 1 yr 8 mths.

6. Very difficulty to read, curly lettering. Stone cross surrounded by iron railing fence. Francis JOLLIE.

7. Broken headstone. A. Henry HEATLEY. 30 July 1881 aged 49.
Also Conway Campbell d. 2 Jan 1871 aged 7 mths.
Also Janice d. 10 March 1879 infant son & daughter of above. Near the Jollie grave.

8. Alfred Leslie son of John & Bridget FRASER
d. 9 Sept 1879 aged 6 years.

9. Harry CRIPPS son of Sarah and the late John Cripps
d. 16 July 1915 aged 28
Also Sarah wife of late John Cripps d. 27 Aug 1921 aged 69.

10. John CRIPPS d. Dec 1898 aged 46
Also his infant children David & Daniel d. 19 Sept. 1891.
Also William CRIPPS b. 12 April 1885. Died 10 March 1963.

11. Caleb MASLIN d. 21 June 1864 aged 43.
Also C.A. MASLIN d. Sept 1889 aged 70.
Emily aged 20
And Ruth aged 6 months
Father, Mother, sister & daughter of E.S. Maslin.

12. May CHIVERSON 
In Loving Memory of my Dear Friend May Chiverson 1873 -1942. Erected by L. Pratt.

13. Thomas Graham FYFE d. 6 March 1897 aged 60.
Also his wife Jane d. 24 July 1881 aged 37.
Also Henry d. 9 July 1881 aged 3 mths.
Jane d. 21 June 1865 aged 16 yrs.
Also Frederick W. FYFE d. 4 May 1901.
And Gertrude A. Wilkinson d. 26 July 1941.   

1. HENEY

John Heney married Jessie Irvine in 1874 in NZ. John died 21st January 1884, at the Rangitata Bridge. He was a coach proprietor of Peel Forest. William Heney was the eldest son. He died leaving a widow, Jessie and four children. Robert Irvine, a sawyer of Peel Forest, a witness to his intestate.

North Otago Times, 23 January 1884, Page 2
The man named John Heney, coach proprietor, was found dead underneath a capsized coach near Peel Forest this morning. No particulars with reference to the cause of the accident are yet to hand.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 23 January 1884, Page 2 FATAL COACH ACCIDENT.
Timaru, January 23. A man named John Henney, coach proprietor, was found dead underneath a capsized coach near Peel Forest. No particulars are yet to hand.

Timaru Herald, 31 January 1884, Page 7
News reached Geraldine on Tuesday morning that Mr John Heney, an old and much respected resident of Peel Forest, had met his death by an accident, caused by the overturning or his coach. On receiving the news Constable Willoughby at once left for Peel Forest, and on his return kindly supplied our correspondent with details of the sad occurrence. It seems that the deceased drove his coach as usual to meet the last train from Timaru, and reached the Rangitata Hotel safely. He left about nine o'clock, and reached the top of the cutting on his way home all right. On arriving at the top, it was his practice to turn off on to the tussocks to avoid some metal on the road. In the darkness he must have turned too for round, and have driven back towards the cutting, not keeping the road, until he reached a place where the bank was about three feet high. At this point it is thought he was thrown off the seat, and the coach turning over fell with its off side on his body, the deceased being found with his shoulders under the body of the coach, which held him down. The examination of the body showed that he had fallen on a sharp stone, there being a cut on his right temple, and another in the centre of the forehead. In all probability deceased died without pain, as no signs of a struggle were visible, neither was there any indication that he had made any effort to extricate himself from his position under the coach. The body was found by Mr Adam Rae about eight o'clock on Tuesday morning. An inquest was held on Wednesday at the Rangitata Hotel. The late Mr. Heney was a very old settler, and was widely respected. At the time of his death he occupied a seat on the Mount Peel Road Board, to which position he had been elected more than once previously. He was also a prominent member of the Masonic body, having been for some time Master of Ledge Southern Star, 619, S.C., in which capacity, and throughout; his connection with that body, he was known as a zealous officer and a member who took the greatest interest in the welfare of the Order. For some years past he had been engaged in running a coach between the South Rangitata railway station and Peel Forest, and was well known for his hearty manner and good nature. He leaves a family, and will be greatly misted by a large circle of friends.

Timaru Herald, 31 January 1884, Page 7
The funeral of the late Mr John Heney, Peel Forest, took place yesterday at Geraldine, and was attended by a very large number of relatives and friends of the deceased from all parts of the district. The funeral cortege left Peel Forest about eleven o'clock, after the customary service of the Presbyterian Church had been held. At this service, as well as at that held at the grave, the Rev. George Barclay officiated, the serviced on both, occasions being most impressive. On nearing the Presbyterian church, Geraldine, in addition to the very large number of vehicles and horsemen, representatives of nearly every Masonic Lodge m the district, to the number of between 60 and 70, joined the funeral train, and in procession in the following order was then formed
(1) Tyler and Inner Guard of Lodge Southern Star, 619, S.C., with drawn swords Marshals, Bros. Willoughby and Cook.
(2) Visiting brethren representing the following Lodges :—Winchester Lodge, 1737, E.C. St. John's Lodge, Timaru, 1137, E.C. Conyers Lodge, Christchurch Caledonian Lodge, Timaru Thistle Lodge, Ashburton; Kilwinning Lodge, Patea; Caledonian Lodge, Invercargill Corinthian Lodge, 1.C., Christchurch St. John's Lodge, Temuka.
(3) Members of Lodge Southern Star, 619, S.C., Geraldine, of which deceased was a Past Master officers of the above Lodge; Master, supported on right by SD. Bro. Gould, on left by J.B. Bro. Coltman.
(4) Hearse.
(5) Chief mourners.
(6) Relatives and friends of deceased. Among the latter we noticed the Hon. J. B. A. Acland, Mr C. G. Tripp, and Mr G. J. Dennistoun, members of the Mount Peel Road Board, of which deceased was a member, and gentlemen from all parts of the district, numbering between 200 and 800. Arrived at the cemetery, the coffin was taken from the hearse and borne to the grave by members of the Masonic body. The Presbyterian funeral service was then performed by the Rev. G. Barclay, who at the termination intimated that in compliance with the wish of the friends of the deceased, the services prescribed by the Masonic constitution would be held. The rev. gentleman then read the usual address and prayers, after which the Masons moved slowly round the grave, each dropping in a leaf of evergreen. The whole ceremony was most impressively conducted, and will be long remembered in Geraldine.  

2. IRVINE & HENEY

1865 Irvine, William died aged 65Y
1864 Heney, Hellen died aged 29Y

Lyttelton Times, 23 February 1865, Page 5
Irvine.— Feb. 17, at Scotsburn, near Peel Forest, Mr. William Irvine, aged 65 years.

3. REID

1891/2962 Reid, Andrew 47Y
Andrew Reid, farmer, died in Geraldine 19 May 1891.

4. McRAE

1867/8054 McRae, John died aged 30Y
1868/2915 McRae Magdalene died aged 1Y

5. CAMPBELL

1871 Campbell, Margatha Jane died aged 20M

6.  JOLLIE

1870 Jollie, Francis died aged 55Y

Timaru Herald, 20 March 1872, Page 2
Geraldine Cemetery. A meeting of the managers of the above cemetery was held on Friday last in the Road Board office. Present Messrs W. Upton Slack (Chairman), Dr Fish, Messrs John Kennedy, and Allan Macdonald. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Resolved "That a copy of the rules and regulations adopted by the Managers of the Geraldine Cemetery be forwarded to His Honor the Superintendent for his approval." Letters were read From the Secretary for Public Works, relative to the appropriation of the cemetery from Mr Cooper, on behalf of Mrs Jollie, expressing a desire to purchase a plot of 12 by 12 enclosing the grave of the late Mr F. Jollie. Resolved "That the application he granted." Resolved "That a parallel line be drawn uniform with the eastern boundary of the Wesleyan and Episcopalian allotments, as hear the graves as practicable, to enclose a space of ground, to be subject to clause o of the regulations adopted by the Board." Resolved "That tenders be invited for clearing and ploughing about ten acres of the Cemetery, to be sent m on or before Tuesday, April 2nd, at eleven a.m., addressed to the Chairman of the Cemetery Board; also, that applications be invited for a person to perform the duties of sexton, to be sent in as described above." Resolved "That the next meeting of the Board be held April 2, at 11 a.m.

7. HEATLEY 

1871 Heatley Augustus Conway Campbell died aged 7M
1881 Heatley Abraham Henry died aged 49Y

Timaru Herald January 1871 Death
January 2, at Geraldine, Conway Campbell, infant son of Henry Heatley, aged seven months.

Timaru Herald, 8 March 1879, Page 2
From Mr A. Henry Heatley, dated 1st March, requesting permission to erect horse-posts in front of his hotel, at Woodbury. Granted.

Timaru Herald, 4 August 1881, Page 2
Inquest at Geraldine. An inquest as to the cause of death of the late Mr Abraham Henry Heatley, was held in the Crown Hotel, Geraldine, on Tuesday last, before J. Nugent Wood, Esq., Coroner, and a jury of twelve, of whom Mr E. Aldridge was foreman. Mr. Montgomery Heatley identified the deceased as his brother, Abraham Henry Heatley, who had been staying at his farm midway between Geraldine and Woodbury. On the morning of the 30th, deceased went out to shoot in the river-bed adjoining witness' house, he last saw him in the river-bed walking towards the house. In order to reach the house he would have to pass through a stiff wire fence. About a quarter of an hour afterwards, Bertie Heatley, deceased's son, ran up and said his father was shot. In company with a Mr Scott, he went to the place and found deceased dead man angle formed by the junction of two wire fences. Deceased was cheerful and in good health when he left in the morning. William Scott deposed that he saw deceased at the same time as the previous witness, and had gone and spoken to him in the river-bed he corroborated Mr Montgomery Heatley's evidence as to the necessity of deceased having to pass through the wire fence to reach his brother's house, also as to the finding of the body. Herbert Heatley, a boy of eleven years of age, son of deceased, deposed that he remembered the time when Mr Scott spoke to his father in the river bed after Scott left them they went along till they came to the fence. He got through the fence at one side of the angle, just before his father got through the other fence. He was about 25 yards towards the house when, he saw that his father had got through the fence, and he turned to go on. Immediately after he turned he heard the report of the gun, and saw his father fall. Constable Willoughby deposed as to the position in which the body and the gun were found, and that the tumbler of the cock of the gun was so worn as to make to it almost a hair trigger. The hammer of the not discharged barrel was at full cock. The jury at once returned an unanimous verdict of accidental death.

Timaru Herald, 12 August 1881, Page 3
The late Mr A. H. Heatley, whose death cast a gloom over this district a short time ago, was accorded a Masonic funeral which was attended by some 43 members of the Winchester and Geraldine Lodges. In addition, a very large number of friends and acquaintances of the deceased followed his remains to the grave. The ceremony, which was most solemn and impressive, was performed by the Chaplain, the Rev. G. Barclay, in conjunction with the R.W.M. of the Southern Star Lodge, Geraldine, Mr G.C. Williams, Bro. T. Sherrat acting as Organist.

8. FRASER

1879 Fraser, Alfred Leslie died aged 5Y  

10. CRIPPS

John Cripps, late of Winchester, farmer, deceased 1899 (probate). Widow Sarah Cripps.
Cripps Rd is located north of Winchester.

2/1832 Alfred Cripps, WW1, Driver.
Born: July 28th 1879 in Winchester
NOK: Mrs Sarah Cripps (mother), Winchester, South Canterbury
Last employer: A. Stewart, Winchester.
Religion: Anglican
New Zealand Field Artillery; 5th Reinforcements
Discharged 13 April 1919.
Died Christchurch 17 August 1964.

11. MASLIN

Timaru Herald, 2 July 1864, Page 4
Fatal Accident.— On Tuesday week last a shocking accident occurred at Geraldine. Whilst Mr. Caleb Mazlin was engaged bricking a well, the slabbing gave way, and the unfortunate man was immediately buried under a large mass of earth. The deceased had been warned by a fellow workman that the earth was slipping, but he believed there was no danger and went down. It was three hours before the body was extricated, when life was found to be extinct. An inquest was held upon the body on the 24th inst., when a verdict of accidental death was returned.

Press, 3 March 1911, Page 9 SOME REMINISCENCES
The late Caleb Maslin, who with his family was a passengers by the Maori to Lyttelton in 1858, was the next after Mr Hewlings to make a permanent home in Geraldine, first of all living in a bark and manuka hut on the bank of the river, where a motor garage now stands. He first went to Geraldine in 1860, and, with Mr Phillip Dale, built the homestead at Raukapuka for Mr Cox. Mr Maslin afterwards built on a section next the Geraldine Cemetery, but twelve months later Mr Cox bought Mr Maslin's property as a site for a Church of England parsonage, the first occupant of which was the Rev. L. L. Brown. In 1864 Mr Maslin was killed while sinking a well on the property where his family afterwards lived for many years, in the lower part of the township. Previous to this he had started pit sawing in the Raukapuka bush, and supplying split material for fencing purposes. The carting was done by Mr Maslin's eldest son, Mr W. S. Maslin, and Mr F.R. Flatman, who, after being a short time at Mr Cox's, joined Mr Maslin.

1889 Maslin, Charlotte Arabella died aged 70Y
1891 Maslin, Ruth Ophilia died aged 6M

12. CHIVERSON

1941 Chiverson, Louise Amanda May 68Y
Row 900. Plot 40 Section: Free Ground.

Photos taken Nov. 2015 by G. T.
Nov. 2015 photos by G.T. There are actually no gates, just three vehicle entry points. One of these entries is at the top end, (west end) of Huffey street. This is the main entrance, and is the middle entrance, and you can see the wooden rose frame structure going of the the left. In Feb. 2017 a lych-gate was built by the Lions Club.

Photos taken Nov. 2015 by G. T.
The third entrance is down at the East end of Huffey Street. There would probably be about only 30 or 40 metres between these entrances. From this third entrance you can see the rose frame off to the right. Also most of the RSA graves.

Photos taken Nov. 2015 by G. T.
The panorama shows both entrances. In fact the three entrances are where the three power poles are. The entrance at the left end of the panorama has a large open area behind it and at the extreme left edge of this is where there are about a hundred unmarked graves.

In February 2017 the Lions Club completed a beautiful lych-gate at the Huffy entrance complementing the stone pillar fence. Photo taken 16th March 2017.

 

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