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.