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Linwood Cemetery plans

A collection of 69 plot and block plans for Linwood Cemetery. The plans include the Church of England, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, Roman Catholic and re-sited Jewish sections.

Linwood Cemetery, which was opened in 1884, was the first municipal cemetery of the Christchurch City Council.
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Linwood Cemetery plans
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Linwood Cemetery, which was opened in 1884, was the first municipal cemetery of the Christchurch City Council, which at that time had its town belt bounded by the four avenues.

In keeping with international trends of the time, the Cemetery was located on the outskirts of the city, bounded by Butterfield Avenue, Hay Street, Buckleys Road and McGregors Road. It was deliberately established where it was thought the population would remain small and the supposed medical problems caused by a cemetery would be limited.

The cemetery is the fifth oldest surviving cemetery to be established in Christchurch and is an historical record of many early Christchurch residents. The nature of the cemetery means that it is thought that there is a wider cross-section of society buried there than at other Christchurch cemeteries and church graveyards of the nineteenth cemetery. It was at one time called Christchurch Cemetery or Sandilands Cemetery.

Linwood Cemetery is the resting place of many ordinary citizens of Christchurch and several notable New Zealanders including Bishop Churchill Julius, the second Anglican Bishop of Christchurch; Thomas John Edmonds and his wife Jane Elizabeth Edmonds of Edmonds Factory fame; and explorer Arthur Dudley Dobson. It has a Jewish section, including graves re-sited from the 19th century Jewish cemetery in Hereford Street.

Although approaching capacity it is still considered an open cemetery.
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