Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sandy's cemetery photos

Sandy, one of Timespanner's frequent commenters (thanks, Sandy) put up a link to her photos of Waikumete Cemetery in a comment to the Chapel of Faith in the Oaks post. They are wonderful -- I thoroughly recommend a visit. Aussie readers will see some of the graves have Trans Tasman connections.

A couple of things: you'll see a photo there of the Powley-Scott grave. This has been recently cleaned up since Sandy's shot, by a group including Trevor Pollard of WAHS, who took me round the Chapel.

Sandy has also included a photo of the mass burials site of the 1918-1919 influenza victims.

Other collections in her cemeteries series are here.


  1. Well thanks for the mention! That's verra nice of you!

    I just LOVEEEE cemeteries and the stories on the stones. Pleased you like my efforts :D I really enjoy yours also!

    Cheers ears

  2. My pleasure, Sandy. That's a terrific collection you've built up! Good to know I'm not the only one taking photos of headstones etc. ... :-)

  3. Love the photos, Sandy, a cemetery is an under-valued source for rich photographic opportunities, not to mention the history and heritage :)

  4. Thanks again guyettes and it's so true Jayne, they are terribly undervalued... trying to build up interesting military ones also, and taking a lot more of immigrant soldiers who died here...so their families overseas [if any] might get lucky and find a pic online! Know i'm always excited if i manage to make an overseas connection :D

    Sad state of repair Symonds Street Cem is in isn't it :-( i just would love to have the money to save every grave in that place! Time's erasing the words....

  5. Symonds Street cemetery needs to have a history done. There's been partial bits and pieces, but nothing like the one done for Wellington's Bolton Street. I agree, Sandy -- Symonds needs to have some volunteers doing what can be done to preserve the inscriptions.

    Our George Maxwell Memorial Cemetery does at least have a small team from St Judes Church who have done a wonderful study so far, photographing and recording every grave, and even looking for the ones without markers. I had a sneak preview of a presentation of theirs last week. When their info is available online, I'll let folks know via the blog.