Thomas John Edmonds (1859 – 1932 )

Thomas John Edmonds (1859 – 1932 )   Died of a Peritonitis     Place of Death: Christchurch * Founder of Edmonds ‘Sure To Rise” Baking Powder. Thomas is buried at Linwood Cemetery, Linwood, Christchurch. The story of Thomas John Edwards: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/the-edmonds/ Photo taken by Chris Bulovic

George Hawkes Whitcombe (1854 – 1917)

George Hawkes Whitcombe (1854 – 1917)   Died of old age     Place of Death: Christchurch * Co-founder of Whitcombe and Tombs, now known to us as Whitcoulls. George is buried at Linwood Cemetery, Linwood, Christchurch. The story of Whitcoulls: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/whitcoulls-130-years/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

Hugh McIlraith (1836 -1904)

Grace McIlraith (nee Lyons) was only 10 years old when she came to stay at Riccarton in 1854. In the company of her parents, they had walked up to the Deans Cottage (which then faced the Avon, just a few metres from a cattle track that we know as Kahu Road today) and was met …

Henry Dent Gardiner (1827 – 1909)

Henry Dent Gardiner was the son of an farmer. Born in Essex in England, he arrived in Australia in 1850 chasing gold. He stepped off a ship at Lyttelton in 1855, purchasing a block of land at Harewood where he farmed. Gardiners Road in Harewood is named after him. He also farmed in Irwell and …

Jabez Thornton (1817 – 1904)

Jabez Thornton arrived at Lyttelton on the ‘Charlotte Jane’ on the 16th December 1850.  He was 32 years old and was on his own. A Carpenter by trade, he married Mary Coster on the 16th September 1852. As there was no church at Lyttelton at that stage, they were married in a temporary church. They …

Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson (1841 – 1934)

Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson (1841 – 1934)      Died of old age    Place of Death: Christchurch Crossed the terrain that became known Arthur’s Pass Buried at Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch The story of Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/sir-arthur-dudley-dobson-1841-1934/ Photo taken by Chris Bulovic

Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson (1841 – 1934)

Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson was truly a man-child amongst men! Arthur first entered into history as a nine year old, aboard the ‘Cressy’ with his father Edward Senior and his older brother George. His mother and younger siblings would arrive the following year aboard the Fatima – the Canterbury Association’s 19th ship. Edward Senior struggled …

William ‘Cabbage’ Wilson

William ‘Cabbage’ Wilson (1819 – 1897)         Died of old age    Place of Death: Christchurch Christchurch’s First Mayor. Buried in the Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch The story of William ‘Cabbage’ Wilson: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/william-barbour-wilson-cabbage-wilson-1819-1897/ Photo taken by Chris Bulovic

William Rising Taylor (1845 – 1916)

Earthquakes truly don’t play nice with old graveyards! The side of the column that is facing downward is in the memory of William Rising Taylor who was a passenger on the Charlotte Jane – the first of the first four ships to arrive at Lyttelton in 1850. He was in the company of his parents …