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Historic Cemetary

Being established soon after the arrival of the first four ships into the new settlement of Christchurch, St Paul’s has one of the oldest European cemeteries in New Zealand.  Established in 1853 it has a wealth of history to be explored.

In 2014 the church partnered with the Papanui Heritage Group in the Tombstone Project to make available the record of the burial in the cemetery.  The entire cemetery has now be catalogued, the results of which can be down loaded from the links below.  More information may be available about some of the families listed in the project, including photos of individual grave stones. Please not though that some of the graves are unmarked and some of the headstones had been vandalised over the years.  If you would like us to put you into contact with someone to help you trace your family member in our cemetery please email our parish office through our contacts page.

St Paul's Cemtery Grounds

St Paul’s Cemetery Grounds

St Paul’s Tombstone Project 2014




Comments on: "Historic Cemetary" (2)

  1. Catherine Tite said:

    Hello. What a marvellous job you have done with the graveyard. I was delighted to find the Langdon family listed, as Georgiana Langdon (nee Sharland) features heavily in my family history and a Chancery case. I am coming to Christchurch in April and wonder if her tombstone is still visible.
    Many thanks

    • Hi Catherine. Thank you for your kind comments on our cemetery, we do put a lot of effort into keeping it up to standard. To answer your question, the Langdon grave stones are visible on the left hand side of the church driveway (although Geogiana’s is lying down due to vandalism in the 1980’s).

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