The most English-looking God's Acre in Canterbury.
List of photo of headstones taken June 2014
25 June 2011
The Church of the Holy Trinity in Avonside was was deconsecrated by Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews yesterday before planned demolition after being badly damaged in the earthquakes. William Rolleston (1831-1903), Mountfort (1825-1898) and Julius von Haast (1822-1887) are buried in its cemetery. The timber roof of the church was also painted with geometrical patterns and the 'rich and glowing' interior that this created has been likened to Mountfort's most elaborate secular commission, the Canterbury Provincial Council Chamber. The Church of the Holy Trinity in Avonside was consecrated in 1857 and was replaced in three stages. The February 2011 quake finished off the 1876 Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort chancel, substantially damaged the 1912 nave, and significantly damaged the 1913 building that housed the Parish Hall. The roof of the Nave remains in place but only because of the interior wooden buttresses. The west gable remains in place, with the Beverley Shaw Bennet windows intact within it. Much of the stained glass window on the northwestern side of the Nave appears to have survived. Regrettably the three fine stained glass windows at the east end of the Church in the Chancel have been destroyed. The hand painted roof beams in the Chancel, arguably the finest feature of the Church, have collapsed along with the rest of the Chancel, but some of them can be seen projecting from the rubble. The parish hall has suffered major damage with the brickwork dropping out of both sides of the second story. The St Francis Hall, has only suffered the loss of its brick chimney. The lychgate fell.
The Star, Christchurch Dec. 16 1893 page 6 col. b
Anniversary Day - Canterbury
A deeply interesting and well-written article on the cemetery at Avonside, where several of those who took a prominent part in the early doings of the settlement are buried.
"The most English-looking God's Acre in Canterbury," as Avonside Churchyard has been appropriately named, is well worth a visit. It is peculiarly interesting for several reasons. Its consecration was the first ceremony of the kind performed in the settlement; and the donation of the site for the church, churchyard and schoolhouse (in all about two acres, given by an English clergyman, the Rev. W. Bradley) stands first on the diocesan "list of endowments and donations of land for church purposes by private individuals". Besides this, it is a beautiful well-kept garden, the monuments and their inscriptions being just sufficient to add a pathos to the scene without casting upon it a mournful shade. Viewed on an early summer morning, a gentle warm breeze just perceptible, the birds singing merrily with, as an accompaniment, the soft hum of the busy city life just awakening in the distance, it is a spot to linger over. The well-grown trees form a framework of varied green beyond the power of artist to reproduce; the little gardens in miniature glow with a wealth of every colour: the bright satiny ivy here and there twines luxuriantly up cross and headstone, and the whole forms a picture of peace and beauty not easily surpassed.
Situated just to the east of the Stanmore Road, on the Avon, entrance is gained by means of an avenue about 40ft wide and perhaps 350ft long, planted with English and native trees and shrubs. At the end of this stands a quaint wooden porch and gate - a "lych-gate", opening on to the churchyard, in the centre of which stands Avonside church, by many thought the prettiest in the province. One word about it. Thirty-five or forty years ago the journey from Avonside to Christchurch was a serious undertaking. Nothing short of business of great importance induced people then to cross the swamps and bogs, the rough hills and gullies that had to be got over or through on the way. To the settler or farmer's wife, St Michael's temporary church at the far corner of the settlement was, after a hard tiring week's work, a long way off. How many of our readers would do that journey in order to attend church now? No wonder then, if those early settlers soon thought of having Church Service in their own neighbourhood. The presence among them of the Rev C. Mackie, who lived at Strickland's, encouraged the idea, and, in 1855, the first service was held in Mr Mackie's house, and it continued to be held alternately there and at Broome Farm (now Dallington), which was then occupied by Mr. John Dudley, till the church was opened.
In December 1855, the parish of Christchurch was divided into the parishes of Papanui, Riccarton, Avonside, Upper Heathcote, Lower Heathcote, and Christchurch, with Middle Heathcote. Money was collected, land given, trustees and Church wardens appointed, the church built, and on Feb. 24 1857, Avonside Church and burying grounds were consecrated by Bishop Selwyn, and dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Is not a full account of that ceremony written in the chronicles of the time, the Lyttelton Times of February 26 1857? The original church was built of well-tempered cob on concrete foundations. Including the chancel it was 63ft long with a width of 24ft, and held 200 sittings, one third of which were free. The first incumbent was the Rev C. Mackie, who generously presented to the church a glebe of six acres adjoining the ground.
How many pages of the history of Canterbury are written on the crosses and memorial stones that dot and fill our churchyards and cemeteries? Near the entrance of Avonside churchyard, to the left, a small plain cross bears the name of Mary Vennell. She was the first wife of the man whose disappearance and supposed murder caused such a stir in Christchurch some years ago. The sandhills at New Brighton were searched in vain for weeks and nothing found to clear up the mystery.
A little further on two crosses side by side bear the names of father and son, Arthur Stanley Brittan, a promising young man of nineteen years old, the second son of Mr Joseph Brittan, was drowned while bathing in the Avon. Next is the grave of his father, Mr. Joseph Brittan. How many memories does that name recall? Journalist, politician, settler - in the fifteen years that he spent how he left his mark on our history. One of the original land purchasers, he arrived here a few months after the foundation of the settlement and soon became a prominent public man. He was elected M.P.C. (those initials are old-fashioned now, more's the pity) for Christchurch, and held office as Provincial Secretary during Mr FitzGerald's second term as Superintendent. In 1857 he contested the Superintendency with Mr Moorhouse without success, after which he retired for a time from public life. He was first editor, and then, more many years, proprietor of the Canterbury Standard. In 1861 he re-entered public life and was again elected to the Provincial Council for Christchurch, but the death of his son by drowning in 1862 caused him again to retire. In 1863 he accepted the position of Resident Magistrate for Christchurch and Kaiapoi, but after nine months failure of health compelled him to resign, and, till his death, he lived quietly at Linwood, his residence, the house near the church, now owned by Mr Hiorns. He was an upright educated gentleman, kind-hearted and liberal.
Near Mr. Brittan's cross stands one with an inscription worth recording. Visitors from afar have heard of it and gone to see and copy it. As a specimen of literary ability and warm feeling it would take much to beat it. Rumour, I think this time correctly, ascribes the authorship to the Hon. W. Rolleston. Here it is:
Fili - Fraler - Amice-
Quam Dulcis. Quantum Dilecte.
Heu Quantopere Desiderate.
Have - Atque - Vale.
[What is the TRANSLATION for the above?]
The subject was a young man. After a brilliant career at Cambridge, in which he won the Craven University Scholarship, besides being a Browne's Medalist and the Porson Prizeman, he left Home in search of health - I might almost say, life. In his travels he came here and stayed at the Clarendon. A cold hastened his end and he breathed his last in Mr. Rolleston's house. He was Thomas Moss, Fellow of St John's Cambridge, and only twenty-seven when he died.
Further on stands a large rough block of stone, only a portion of one side of which is smoothed. Unfinished as it may appear to the unthinking, that roughness has a significance full of import to the uninitiated, and the name that block bears would gain it honour anywhere. Only a few words, name, birth, death and inscription, but before them we all uncover. Canterbury does not require them to remember Julius von Haast. Briefly his birth and death dates are recorded - the Canterbury Museum perpetuates the rest. His inscription was well chosen: Vitam Impendere, Vero.
A marble monument to "Our Katie and Edie," tells a whole volume of affection - no need to chisel aught else. To the loved ones left names are sacred and the dates perhaps burnt deep in sorrow. To strangers what matters? Then we come to a touching inscription to two young children: - "In the grace and tender pity of Christ here rest the bodies of ___ and ___, on whose souls God have mercy'. Can we pass that proof of faith and pious prayer unmoved?
Under that yew tree, opposite the old cob wall of the church, lies John Dudley of Broome Farm, Avonside. His was one of the two houses in which divine service was first held in Avonside, it being held on alternate days at Broome Farm and Stricklands. That ivy-covered cross stands in memory of Thomas Hichens, who worked hard to get the church built, and was one of the first two church wardens elected for the parish. Under the willow tree in the west corner stands an old stone bearing the names of John Lavery and his wife. Within a month of each other they died and were buried. Through a long life they had journeyed together, and were hardly divided by death. Dick Brunsden lies here, and to his memory many of us keep a green corner. A kind-hearted man, a trusty friend was Dick. John Stace is another old friend whose name meets us. How cheery he looked when he met all Christchurch at the first steeplechase on his farm on the sandhills "a many years ago."
G. W. Bradbury: his name was once a foremost one in his line in England. Most of us remember the old firm of Bradburys, sewing machine makers. The one who now rests at Avonside was the originator of that, and made or sold the first sewing machines in England. R. P. Crosbie is another of the old names recorded in this ground. Musicians and boating men need little to remind them of him. In each line he was far above the average. A good accountant and a jolly good fellow was R. P. Peace to his ashes.
One plot, bright with flowers, contains the remains of one who was, all round, hard to beat. Son of an eminent art collector living on the road between London and Brighton, Edward George Griffith was a man of varied attainments and wide experience gained in many countries and in almost every imaginable phase of life. Through it all a gentleman and a staunch friend. Sailor, station manager, sheep dealer, journalist, gold digger, stud farmer, sporting editor, in each character he seemed at home. As a sporting writer he was unsurpassed for the gentlemanly purity of his style and for the general correctness of his views, as all those who remember the contributions of "Senex" to the local press will vouch.
Another journalist lies peacefully in this hallowed ground, John Hebden, for many years editor of the Canterbury Times, a man little known outside the immediate circle of his friends and associates, but by them well-known, loved and trusted. The victim of an unfortunate coach accident, he met an early death, but he left behind one monument, the Canterbury Times, which, by his assiduity, discrimination and tact, he may be said to have raised from a merely local position to the Colonial reputation it now enjoys.
Other names - familiar in our mouths as household words - meet us on stone and column - old Mr Slater and his wife; Dr Llewellyn Powell and his wife, the inscriptions nearly hidden by ivy; old Mr Cuff, one of the representatives in the early days; and the Rev Mr Cotton. That stone, so very prettily overgrown with ivy, marks the resting place of Mr. John Grierson, once well-known in commercial circles. His name brings to mind Joe Small, "the unfortunate man," who in that little farce got up by Thatcher and Madam Vitelli, represented that worthy gentleman to the life.
The Star Wednesday December 27 1871
Avonside - A large congregation assembled at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Avonside, on the morning of Christmas Day. The service was full choral from Mercer's collection, the canticles being chanted to Gregorian tones. The hymns were 43 and 44 from : "Hymns Ancient and Modern." Prayers were intoned by the Rev. W.H. Cooper, who also read the lessons for the day and the Gospel, the Epistle being read by the Incumbent, the Rev. E. Giles. The sermon was preached by the Rev. W.H. Cooper from Luke ii, 15v. At the conclusion of the sermon the Holy Communion was administered, the service being again full choral. The offertory was in aid of the Sunday School. There was no evening service.
Avonside 1865: View of Avonside loop and the Avon River, Christchurch [ca. 1865]
Travers, W. T. L. (William Thomas Locke), 1819-1903.
The Avon Loop can be seen to the left and in the foreground is the very beginning of Avonside Drive. maps
For the Canterbury Pilgrims, British settlers, the Anglican churches were the focal point of the entire community.
The Star 6 December 1871
The Avon Road Board are now engaged in carrying work on the new Brighton Road, starting from Mr Walls' farm and following the course of the Avon for a distance of eighty chains. Half the distance is through large sand-hills, one of which had an altitude of over sixteen feet above road level. The second work is a drain 6ft. deep, 12ft wide at the top, and 3ft at the bottom, which is being cut from the end of the main drain along the boundaries of Horner's swamp, thence between Rhode's and Hawkins' swamps into the River Styx, making a total length of 70 chains. It will drain a vast amount of a swamp land north which hitherto made a circuit of about five miles before emptying into the Avon.
The Star Saturday 16 March 1872 page 2
In Memoriam. - A light window of stained glass will be erected, as soon as it can arrive from England, in Avonside parish church in memory of the late Mrs Mackie, the wife of the first Incumbent of the parish. One light will contain the Virgin and Child, and a full length figure of the Saviour in the act of benediction will occupy the other light. The window is to be erected at the cost of Mrs Mackie's relatives in New Zealand.
Avonside - The late incumbent of Avonside, the Rev. E. Giles, embarked on board the Zealandia for England on Thursday afternoon. A large party of parishioners and friends accompanied Mr Giles on board, and on taking leave many good wishes were expressed for his safe arrival in England and speedy restoration to health.
The Star Feb. 27 1892 pg 3
In Memoriam - Mr J.B. Mansfield yesterday erected a very handsome marble cross over the grave of the late Mr Arthur E. Glasson, in the Avonside Cemetery. The cross was set on a bluestone base, and bore the following inscription: - "In memory of Arthur Evelyn Glasson, who died Jan. 18, 1892. Aged thirty-six years. Erected by his brother officers in the Postal Department of New Zealand."
A popular bachelor, an unfortunate young fellow, died at the age 23.
The Star Monday 22nd August 1898 page 4
The funeral of the late Private William Edward Harper, of the Christchurch Cycle Corps, took place yesterday afternoon, at the Avonside Cemetery, and was very largely attended, about 10,000 people being present....
What was the population of Christchurch in 1896?
The Christchurch Star Thursday 18 August 1898 page 3 col. d
A Cyclist Killed
About half-past two this morning a telephone message was received at the Christchurch Police Station to the effect that a cyclist had met his death by accident in Scott Street, Sydenham. A man, riding a bicycle, had run into a night-soil cart and had been killed.
The deceased has been identified as William Edward Harper, a traveller in the employ of Messrs Hubard, Hall and Co. He was twenty-three years of age, a member of the Christchurch Cycle Corps, and resided with his mother at 28, Hanmer Street, Linwood, whither the body was now been removed. Further particulars show that the unfortunate young fellow had escorted a young lady, Mary Rowlands, from the St. John's Schoolroom to her home in Johnston Street, Sydenham. He left her at about 12.15 a.m. barely one hundred yards from the spot where the collision occurred.
The version given by Robert Gallagher the driver of the night-cart, is that at about 12.30, while he was at the back of a house in Scott Street, he heard his horse bolting. On coming out, he saw the deceased getting up off the road, and assisted him to the footpath. The decease d was groaning and his chest hurt. Gallagher left him on the footpath, while he stopped his horse, and after he returned with some men came out of a house; they, including Mr Mumford, carried the deceased inside and sent for a doctor. Gallagher then left to finish his work. There was no light on the cart at the time of the accident.
An inquest will be held at Linwood at 5.45 p.m. today. Dr R.W. Anderson has been instructed to make a post-mortem examination.
The Star, Friday August 19 1898
Deaths. HARPER - August 18, the result of an accident, William Edward, third son of Mrs J. Harper, 28 Hanmer Street, Avonville; aged; twenty-three years.
Inquest before Mr Beetham, coroner. Mr G. H. Wade foreman of the jury. Sergent-Major Ramsay conducted the inquiry, and Mr Kippenberger represented Mrs Jane Harper. Mary Rowlands stated that the deceased had accompanied her to her home in Johnston, Street, Williowbank. He got on his bicycle to ride home, and the accident happened about two minutes' walk from where he left her.
Robert Gallagher stated he was in the employed by Poore and Weir, the night-soil contractors to the Sydenham Borough Council. He carried no light ton the cart, being provided with only one light which he took with him. He had been at the work about twelve months, and did not ever carry a light on the cart. Mr Richard French, nursery hand, residing in Scott Street found the deceased lying across the footpath. There was no one with him. The deceased made no reply when asked who he was. Gallagher appeared on the scene three or four minutes after the witness came out of the house. The deceased was taken to the witness's house and a doctor was sent for. Scott Street was only about half a chain wide, and the night was dark. The deceased expired three-quarters of an hour after the accident.
Dr Anderson found no marks of injury on the body. The post-mortem showed that only sign or injury was a discolouration at the pit of the stomach, evidently the result of a blow. The liver was torn almost completely in tow and five or six pints of blood had escaped into the abdominal cavity. The seat of the external discolouration exactly coincided with the rupture of the liver. A blow caused by running into the shaft of a cart would produce the injury. Mary Rowland's, recalled, said that the deceased did not light his lamp before getting on his bicycle. The cart was facing the south. Coming from Johnstone Street, the deceased would be meeting the horse.
The jury retuned a verdict that the deceased had been killed by colliding with the cart, adding a rider that such vehicles should be compelled to carry light.
The Star Monday 22nd August 1898 page 4
The funeral of the late Private William Edward Harper, of the Christchurch Cycle Corps, took place yesterday afternoon, at the Avonside Cemetery, and was very largely attended, about 10,000 people being present.
Lieutenant Bishop was in charge of the volunteers.
The parade stats.
Lyttelton Navals, Chief Petty-Officer Twomey, 37
E. Battery, Sergeant-Major Treleaven 45
Canterbury Engineers, Sergeant-Major Jones, 32
City Guards, Lieutenant Bishop, 47
College Rifles, Corporal Evans, 12
City Rifles, Sergeant Hopkins, 24
Imperial Rifles, Coloured-Sergeant Butcher, 30
Mounted Rifles, Sergeant-Major Berland 9
Cycle Corps, Lieutenant Finnis 20
Queen's Cadets, Lieutenant Rogers, 25
Captain Cresswell (City Guards)
Lieutenants Neave (Canterbury Mounted Rifles)
Lieutenant Millar (Sydenham Rifles
Captain Linn (unattached)
Staff-Sergeant Major Barrett and the Colour-Sergeant N Battery were also present in uniform, as were several of the men from the H.M.S. Tauranga.
About one hundred representatives of the following Lodges of Oddfellows were also present officially:
City of Christchurch, Phillipstown, Volunteer, Benevolent, Malvern, Woolston, Rangiora, Addington and Sister Pearce.
When the procession arrived at the Hanmer Street, the coffin, covered with the Union Jack, was placed on a gun carriage lent and horsed by the E Battery, and ornamented with a few beautiful wreaths, one of which, a miniature bicycle, studded with white flowers, was sent by the newly formed cycle corps. Immediately following the gun carriage came an open bier covered with handsome wreaths, chiefly from the various clubs of which the late Private Harper had been a member. Hanmer Street was crowded for its whole length, and the roads on both sides of the river were thronged with spectators. The drive from the road to the Avonside Church and the cemetery grounds were full of people before the arrival of the cortege. The Burial Service of the Church of England was read by Rev. W. A. Pascoe, and the Oddfellows' Ritual by P.P.G.M., Bro. Guntrip, on conclusion of which three volleys being fired over the grave...
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Postcard found on 'Trade-Me' May 2007. Who wrote "Palmers are buried here"? PLEASE make contact.
Diocese of Christchurch Archives
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Archives of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch including Diocesan and Parish organisations, maps and plans and some photographs, baptism, marriage and burial registers from a large number of parishes. Dates c1850 to present. It is advisable to contact the Archivist first before you visit. Cemetery
PALMER: Ellen Eliza was buried 19 February 1900 at Holy Trinity Anglican Churchyard, Avonside along with her husband William PALMER, buried 4 June 1906. No headstones. I believe Millicent Hannah Palmer, Ellen Eliza Palmer and William Palmer are all buried in the same plot, near the Lych Gate. In 1980 a small headstone was found "Ellen Eliza Palmer, died 17 Feb 1900 aged 71". A flat stone - at ground level. I was unable to find it a few years ago but it should be there somewhere. Millicent Hannah Palmer (1863- 1874) and William John Palmer (1858-1938) two of their eleven children are also buried at Avonside. Please contact Olwyn if you have any information to share on this family or would like information. Eliza Ellen Bennett and William Palmer came out on the Isabella Hercus in 1855. Descendants still live in Linwood today.
What year is this envelope?
Beverley's transcriptions of BMD's from old Christchurch newspapers
Death Notice, 20 June 1861, at Broom Farm, Avonside [Christchurch], John, the third son of the late Rev. Edward DUDLEY, Rector of Broom, Staffs., aged 53.
The Times, Saturday, Dec 09, 1871; pg. 1
On the 4th inst., Anne, the dearly loved wife of the Rev. Chas. MACKIE, M.A., formerly incumbent of Avonside, Canterbury, NZ.
Star (Christchurch) Thursday 18 December 1879
Mr Slater's funeral. The funeral of the late Mr Slater took place at the Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, at half past 4 o'clock this afternoon.
Star (Christchurch) Wednesday 15 June 1881
Funeral Notice - COOK
The friends of the late Mr Henry Cook, of Bingsland, are respectfully informed that his funeral will leave his late residence, off Stanmore Road, on Thursday 16 June at half past 2 for Avonside.
Star (Christchurch) Saturday August 10th 1895
Death: Palairet - August 9, at Woodham, Avonside, Jane, widow of the late John Gwalter Palairet; in her eighty-four year.
Star (Christchurch) Friday 26 February 1886
Funeral- The funeral of Mr. W. Speck are invited to attend the funeral of his late wife which will leave his residence. Worcester Street East for Avonside Cemetery.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 22 August 1887, Page 3
The body of Sir Julius Yon Haast was interred in the Avonside Cemetery this afternoon. There was a very large funeral, which was attended by the governors, professors, and students of the Canterbury College, and the Mayor and City Councillors, Industrial Association, Philosophical Institute, and Foreign Consuls.
Christchurch Press Thursday 18 September 1889
GILPIN - Funeral of Mr. W Gilpin will leave his sister Mrs Gatherer's house Strickland St., Linwood, for the Avonside Churchyard.
Star (Christchurch) Saturday 7 March 1891
Funeral Notice - Le MERCIER - The friends of the late Mrs Mary Ann Le Mercier are respectfully informed that her funeral will leave her late residence, 43 Gloucester, St. Linwood, on Sunday March 8th at 2pm for the Avonside Cemetery.
Star Christchurch Monday 18 May 1891 page 2
Funeral Notice - MATHEWS -
The friends of Mr Joseph Henry Mathews are respectfully informed that the funeral of his late wife Annie Catherine (late of Vogel St, Richmond) will leave the Christchurch Hospital at 3-20pm tomorrow Tuesday, the 19th inst. for the Avonside Church.
Evening Post, 12 February 1903, Page 5
The remains of the late Hon. W. Rolleston were brought to Christchurch from South Canterbury today, and in the afternoon were interred in the Avonside Cemetery.
Evening Post, 23 April 1904, Page 5
The funeral of the late Mr. Thomas Roskruge, well-known in Wellington, took place last Monday at Avonside Cemetery, Christchurch, and was attended by a large number of his relatives and friends. Amongst those present were his sisters (Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Fountaine), his brother (Mr. Edward Roskruge, of Wellington), Mr. Pirie (of Wellington), Mr. Andrew Loughrey, Mr. R.C. Bishop, Mr. Joseph, Mr. Ashby, and other Christchurch friends. A large number of beautiful wreaths were sent, including those from the Central Club, Wellington; the Wellington Bowling Club; the Commercial Travellers' Club, Wellington ; Mr. and Mrs. Pirie, and Mr. and Mrs. Reich, Wellington; Mr. E. Roskrugo, Wellington; Messrs. Stephenson and Clark, Auckland ; the Federal Club, Christchurch ; Mr. and Mrs. Winny, Christchurch ; and from other clubs with which the late Mr. Roskruge was connected.
Christchurch Press Thursday 7 August 1930
BAKER - May Ellen, to Avonside Churchyard
Christchurch Press Monday 18 August 1930
COCHRANE - William, to Avonside Churchyard
Christchurch Press Tuesday 19 August 1930
Funeral notices - William COCHRANE to Avonside churchyard
James Arthur FLESHER to Avonside Churchyard
Christchurch Press Thursday 7 August 1930
Funeral Notices - May Ellen Baker, to Avonside Churchyard
Christchurch Press Wednesday 20 August 1930
Funeral notices - J.A. FLESHER to Avonside Churchyard
The Times, Thursday, Sep 12, 1946; pg. 1
MURGATROYD - On Sept. 9 1946, at 23, Granville Road, Sidcup, Eliza Jane (Leila), daughter of the late Joseph Murgatroyd, of Avonside, Christchurch, NZ
The Times, Tuesday, Sep 17, 1946; pg. 1
BASSETT - On Sept. 8, 1946, at Christchurch Hospital, after a short illness, Margaret Agnes, beloved wife of William Bassett, Avonside, Christchurch, NZ
Timaru Herald February 10 1873 page 2
January 21 - At the Church of the Holy Trinity, Avonside, by the Right Rev. the Lord Primate, assisted by the Revs. W.H. Cooper and H. J. Edwards, the Rev. William Augustus Pascoe, curate of the Waimate, to Alice Augusta, eldest surviving daughter of the late Capt. J.C.L. Carter, of H.M.'s 54th Light Infantry and late Superintendent of Hawke's Bay. No cards.
Timaru Herald 24th August, 1876
SIMS - VEEL - On the 15th August, at Holy Trinity, Avonside, by the Rev. H. Glasson, Alfred John Sims, of Timaru, son of the late William Sims, Esq., Brixton, Surrey, to Katherine Frances, eldest daughter of J.V. Colborne Veel, Esq., M.A., of Christchurch.
Christchurch Press Wednesday 3rd October 1876
Marriage: PARSONS - CAMPBELL, on 27th September at Holy Trinity, Avonside, by the Rev. H. Glasson, Frederick Chas. Parsons to Elizabeth Ellen Campbell.
Timaru Herald 22 March 1883
RICHARDSON-LOCKHART - On the 14th March, at Avonside Church, by the Rev. H. Pascoe, Edward, eldest son of the Hon M. Richardson, to Charlotte Elizabeth Mercer, daughter of G.D. Lockhart, Esq. of Avonside.
Lyttelton Times B.D.M's
Wednesday 14 April 1886
Marriage - Watkins - Rogers - 26 April at Holy Trinity, Avonside, by Rev. W.A. Pascoe, Ivan Alphonse Watkins to Sarah Ann (Annie) 2nd daughter of Mr. S. Rogers, Avonside
The Star Friday 7 May 1886
Marriage - Winstanley - Curties -17 April at Holy Trinity, Avonside by Rev. W. A. Pascoe, Charles Frederick eldest son of Thomas Francis Winstanley, to Mary eldest daughter Of Thomas Curties of Norfolk, England
The Star Wednesday 19 May 1886
Marriage - DEARSLY - DUNLOP - 14 May at Avonside by Rev. W.A. Pascoe, George Dearlsy, son of Thomas Dearsly Chch, to Mary Ann Dunlop dau. of John Dunlop, Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Star Monday 24 May 1886
Marriage - BRADLEY - DUNN - 20 may at Holy Trinity, Avonside, by Rev. W.A. Pascoe, Edward only son of late Edward Bradley, Manager of Union Bank, Ballarat, to Mary Dunn stepdaughter of Mr. William Bowden, Chch.
The Star Tuesday 23rd October 1888
Marriage - THOMPSON - COLLINS on October 16th at Avonside Church, by the Rev. W.A. Pascoe, W.J. Thompson, son of the the late Mr. W.J. Thompson, M.D. of Dublin to M.G. Collins daughter of the late W. Collins of Christchurch
The Star Saturday 6 September 1889
COOPER - SAMUELS on 3 September 1889 at Holy Trinity, Avonside, Arthur 3rd son of the late John Cooper of Opawa & Clara 2nd daughter of Edward Samuels of Richmond.
The Star Tuesday 15 October 1889
Marriage - DUNNAGE - WOOD: On October 8th at Holy Trinity Avonside, by the Rev. W.A. Pascoe, Frederick William, eldest son of Mr William Dunnage of Avonside, to Madeline Elsie Rubins, 4th daughter of the late Charles Wood of Berkshire, England.
The Star Friday 18 October 1889 Christchurch
Marriage - NICOLL - CASE: 16 October 1889 at Holy Trinity Avonside, by Rev. W.C. Waters, incumbent of St. Peters, Wellington, assisted by Rev. Pascoe, incumbent at Holy Trinity Avonside, Harry Frederick 2nd son of the late John G. Nicoll of Hillside, Loughton, Essex, England to Anne Julianna, 2nd daughter of the late Andrew Julien Case, of N.Y. and stepdaughter of Alfred A. WHEELEY, of the Mount, Loughton, Essex. no cards.
Timaru Herald Friday 13 March 1891 Marriage
TURNER - CUFF - On the 11th March, at Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch, by the Rev. W.A. Pascoe, Kenneth George Turner, of Timaru, third son of C.W. Turner, Fassiform, Merivale, to Lucy Ellen, eldest daughter of Albert Cuff, Littlecover, Avonside.
The Times, Monday, Dec 10, 1894; pg. 1 Marriage.
Hal - Cowlishaw - On the 10th Oct. 1894, at Holy Trinity, Avonside, NZ, by the Rt. Rev. the Bishop of second son of Sir John Hall, K.C.M.G., of Hororata, NZ, to Helen Tarrurton, eldest daughter of William Patten Cowlishaw, of Christchurch, NZ
Evening Post, 19 June 1896, Page 4
Marriage - Dorset � Renall. � On the 28th May, 1896, at the Avonside Church, Christchurch, by the Rev. A. W. Pascoe, Herbert, youngest son of the late William Dorset, of Wellington, to Maude, youngest daughter of A. W. Renall, Esq., of Masterton.
Waimate Advertiser Tuesday, March 13, 1900
Marriage -Studholme - Johnstone - On February 27th, at the Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, by the Rev. Canon Pascoe, Paul, fourth son of the late Michael Studholme, of The Waimate, South Canterbury, to Ida Gertrude, fifth daughter of the late Thomas Masterman Hardy-Johnstone, of Trimulgherry, Christchurch.
Otago Witness, 18 October 1905, Page 73
On -Monday afternoon Mrs H. Loughnan, gave a. "handkerchief" tea for Miss Violet Campbell, whose marriage to Mr Fosbery - Nancarrow took place yesterday. The drawing and dining room, where the tea was laid, were charmingly arranged with narcissi and otter spring flowers. Mrs Loughnan received her guests wearing a skirt of black taffeta and a blouse of pale mauve silk richly trimmed with Maltese lace. Miss Campbell, who has been visiting friends in Gisborne, returned to town for her sister's marriage. The marriage took place yesterday of Miss Violet Campbell, daughter of Mrs Michael Campbell, of Avonside, to Mr Fosbery Nancarrow. The wedding, which was a very quiet one, took place at the Avonside Church. The bride looked very pretty in a simple robe of white silk, over which fell a lovely lace veil, lent for the occasion by her mother. She carried a beautiful shower bouquet, and was accompanied by his sister, Miss N. Campbell, as a bridesmaid, wearing an original gown of pink muslin with touches of pale blue, and her hat was also of pink and blue. On the conclusion of the wedding ceremony the guests returned to Mrs Campbell's residence, where afternoon tea was served, and shortly afterwards. Mr and Mrs F. Nancarrow left for Sydney, their new home.
Otago Witness, 23 October 1907
Marriage - STURDY IRWIN. On October 17, at the Avonside Church. Christchurch, by Canon W. S. Pascoe, Frederick Edgar, second son of D. Sturdy, South Kensington, London, to Caroline Lucy, third daughter of F. H. Irwin, Dunedin.
Christchurch Press Tuesday 6 May 1924
SMITH - CAIRNS - at Holy Trinity, Avonside.
Marriages from Church Register Index Canterbury Public Library
Iris May Ayers & Alfred James ALLARD m. 22
December 1909 at Holy Trinity Avonside
Ages: 36/25, bach/sp
Occupation: Law clerk
Parents: Alfred & Mary Ann Allard nee RASTRICK (builder)
Parents: Aaron & Isabella Ayers nee WILLIAMS (auctioneer)
Witnesses: R.C. Bush, accountant, Chch
Witnesses: H. Ayers Commercial traveller, Linwood
Witnesses: M. Malcolmson
Witnesses: D. Allard
Astley Hector CHEESMAN m Ada Mary PEARCE at Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch
19 June 1913
ages 23 & 20 bac./sp.
Birthplace: Tasmania and Christchurch
Parents of Groom: Albert, Wheelwright and Agnes (nee Shore)
Parents of Bride: James, Blacksmith & Annie E. (nee Franklin)
Witness: William Nation Webley, Engineer and James Pearce, Blacksmith
James Pearce m Annie Elizabeth Franklin 21 December 1891
at Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch
ages 24/20 bac/sp.
Birthplace: Christchurch and Darlington, England
Parents: William & Jane Fogdon
Witness: Arthur James Pearce of London Street.
Frederick FULLER married Emily Annie Crowe 7 October 1891 at Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch
ages 28/26, bach/sp
Birthplace: South Australia/ Christchurch,
Parents of Groom: Frederick Richardson & Mary Fuller nee McGRATH ( taxidermist)
Parents of Bride: William & Sophie Lydia Crowe
Witness: John Fuller, (Law Clerk) Alice Crowe, William Crowe. (Bottler)
John William BRIGGS married Mary Esther Giles 27 October 1920
at Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch
ages 30/29 bach/widow 4 March 1916
Parents of Groom: John & Elizabeth Briggs nee KITCHINGHAM
Parents of Bride: Edward Lewis Wright & Mary Esther nee Wright, farmer
Edwin Henry WELLS married Margaret Jane JOHNSTON 31 December 1885
at Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch
Birthplace: Avonside / County Down, Ireland
Parents of Groom: George Thomas & Mary Ann Alice Wells nee Burbidge
Parents of Bride: Charles & Jane Johnston nee McMEEKIN
Walter Pearce married Sarah Elizabeth Unwin 6 July 1892
at Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch Chch 1
Ages 29 & 21
Occupation: Coal merchant
Parents of Groom: William & Jane Pearce (nee Fogden)
Arthur Cooper married Clara Jane Samuels 3 Sep. 188
at Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch
Ages 24 & 21, bac. & sp.
Birthplace: He born Gloucestershire, she Sydenham
Parents of Groom: Edward Cooper (mechanic) & Emily Carey
"Christchurch Press" Saturday 6 September 1889
Marriage - COOPER - SAMUELS on 3 September 1889 at Holy Trinity, Avonside, Arthur 3rd son of the late John Cooper of Opawa & Clara, 2nd daughter of Edward Samuels of Richmond.
Birth: Alice Samuels, born 6 Jan. 1866 parents Edward & Emma, occupation: painter.
Lee HODGSON & Violet May DAWSON m. 5 December
1914 at Holy Trinity Avonside,
ages: 27/31, b. German Bay/Sydenham.
Parents: Robert & Ann Hodgson nee STOREY
Charles William & Jane Dawson nee BUCKETT, storekeeper.
Ernest Joseph HODGSON & Dorothy Isobel ALLEN
m. 21 September 1921 at Holy Trinity, Avonside,
Ages: 28/27, occ: accountant, b. Cust/Sydenham,
Parents: Robert Huskinson & Jane Hodgson nee RUDD
Alfred Smith & Minna Allen nee EWENSEN
Witness: C. Hodgson, bootmaker, Shirley
William Herbert QUEREE & Doris Ialee May KERR
21 Aug 1919 Holy Trinity, Avonside
23 & 20 Bac. Spins.
Pork Butcher -
Birth Chch - Bathurst, New St Wales
Residence: Linwood for both
Parents Groom: John Phillip, Com Travel & Kate nee Higgs
Parents Bride: Charles Fraser, Horse trainer & Mabel Whitby formerly Kerr nee Grant
Witnesses W Grant, Land Salesman, St Albans
Claude H Piper Stipendiary Steward, Lonsdale Lodge, Upper Riccarton
Frederick Langston NEWNHAM & Emma SEARS
m. 6 April 1864 at Holy Trinity, Avonside
full age / minor, storeman,
witness M.A. Clark St Albans, James Frederick Tighe, clerk, Christchurch
Agnes Maude WELLS & Noah Ezra JONASSEN m. 8
January 1910, at Holy Trinity, Avonside
Ages: 21/19 years 5mths
Occupation: engineer /domestic
Born: Christchurch / West Clive, Napier,
Parents: Peter & Marie Jonassen nee HAUBERG (engineer)
George & Elizabeth Ann Wells nee WILKINSON
Witness: Pearl Treloar, Avonside vicarage (domestic duties)
Witness: Mathew Rosendale, verger.
Doris Rita WELLS & Harold Aldridge TOWNSEND m.
6 September 1922, at Holy Trinity, Avonside
Born: Surrey, England / Christchurch,
Parents: Edward James & Mary Ann Townsend nee Aldridge (salesman)
Parents: Alfred John & Helene Wells nee Jackman (cellarman)
Witness: Edward Townsend 256 Worcester St.
Witness: W.A. Sharpe, (schoolteacher)
Witness: A.J. Wells, (cellarman), Linwood
Witness: James Seymour, (baker) born 22 June 1889
Elizabeth Alice WELLS & Alexander HUTTON m. 31
December 1891, at Holy Trinity, Avonside
Occupation: shoemaker, b. Forforshire, Scotland/Linwood
Parents: Adam & Elizabeth Hutton nee WALKER, (labourer)
Parents: George Thomas & Mary Ann Alice Wells nee Burbidge
Witness: A. Lilleyman, 27 Ward St. Addington, F. Wells.
Earthquake damage. Photo taken Feb. 26th 2011 by my sister. The earthquake was on 22nd Feb. 2011. The lych gate also collapsed.
Church of the Most Holy Trinity has been the spiritual home for the Anglican community in Avonside for the past 155 years. Until the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, Holy Trinity was a beautiful Church, one of the oldest in Christchurch and now the church has been deconsecrated Oct. 2011. The parish of Avonside, formed in 1855, was one of the first to be established in Canterbury and in 1857 its original church was the first to be consecrated in Christchurch. Holy Trinity marked a new phase of Anglican church-building in Christchurch, when the temporary churches of the 1850s and 1860s were replaced by more permanent structures. Especially important as a Mountfort-designed building, and within Mountfort's career it is notable as his first Anglican church to be built in stone. Also significant is the lych gate at the north entrance to the churchyard. This is the only survivor of a pair of gates designed by Mountfort in 1872. The organ was dismantled and taken in to safe storage in Timaru. This fine pipe organ was built by the renowned Christchurch Organ Builder E. H. Jenkins in the late 1880s. It is one of his very few surviving instruments.
"There is no alternative to history, the stone and the historic feel."