Addington Cemetery

  • Location: 402 - 418 Selwyn Street (between Disraeli Street and Fairfield Avenue), Addington, Christchurch 8024
  • Brief History of Addington Cemetery
  • Addington Cemetery plot map [791.64KB PDF] and Addington Cemetery plan [282.59KB PDF] from the Christchurch City Council
    These maps were created by Christchurch City Council and give a general reference  to where a person is buried. No block references are found on the cemeteries' database and graves are found by following a running number.
    There is a different map in the New Zealand Society of Genealogists' tombstone transcripts book of Addington Cemetery which enables surviving gravestones to be found.
  • Interments are listed in the Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database.
  • Addington Cemetery tour guide [258KB PDF]
    Guide based on cemetery tours that take place as part of annual Heritage Week events. The guides are from the research and notes of Richard L. N. Greenaway.
  • Draft Addington Cemetery Conservation Plan [2.18MB PDF]
    A conservation plan for Addington Cemetery has been prepared by Opus international consultants to provide Christchurch City Council with tools to restore and maintain one of the city’s oldest cemeteries for future generations.

Addington Cemetery newspaper announcement, 1858Brief History

The Addington Cemetery was established in 1858 when the Scottish Presbyterians of St Andrew’s Church purchased land for a cemetery in Selwyn Street. Although not the first cemetery in Christchurch, Addington was in fact the first “public” cemetery, “being open to all persons of any religious community” and allowing the performance of any religious service “not contrary to public decency”.

The other major cemetery at Barbadoes Street primarily provided for Anglican services, thus many of the more radical personalities, who were not prepared to conform to Anglican services, opted for the Addington Cemetery. The profits made from the purchasing of plots went towards the acquisition of sites for religious and educational purposes, the relief of the poor and provision of bursaries for the Christchurch High School (today known as Hagley High School).

The first burial took place on the 10th of November 1858. The cemetery has several persons of note buried within its grounds including activist Kate Sheppard, Christchurch Mayor Tommy Taylor and members of the pioneer family, the Deans.

Its plots were taken up over a relatively short period of time. Addington CemeteryBy 1980 it was made a ‘closed cemetery’, meaning that no further burials were permitted, with the exception of certain people who own existing family plots.

In 1947 the Christchurch City Council assumed management of the cemetery.


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