Woolston / Heathcote Cemetery Tour - Christchurch City Libraries


Woolston / Heathcote Cemetery Tour - Christchurch City Libraries

Lyttelton times and defeated at the polls. ‘In the great election fight of 1857, when [W.

S.] Moorhouse was elected, he worked the Peninsula for him’. He was on the

provincial council for Akaroa from 1856-57 and Lyttelton from 1857-64.

A founder of the Oddfellows’ Lodge and the Christchurch Mechanics’ Institute, now

Christchurch City Libraries, Davis was Westland’s Inspector of Weights and

Measures from 1871-74, became clerk to the Avon Road Board in 1877 and died, at

‘Keilkill’, Heathcote, on 27 February 1879. Mary Ann, 88, died at the residence of her

son-in-law, William Langdown, Sydenham, on 17 August 1888.

Sympathetic chroniclers wrote that Davis was ‘a portly Irishman with an unctuous

tongue and fine volubility for chat …’ and that he ‘had a fund of anecdote about old

times, was an amusing, jolly, pleasant companion but no businessman or politician’.

Henry Sewell scorned him. At one point he was ‘a publican and head of the ultraradical

faction but shrewd, impudent and resolute’. Elsewhere he was a ‘big, coarse,

ill-favoured looking fellow who would do for a prize-fighting publican - withal

destitute of that shrewdness … which, in general, is the characteristic of such

demagogues’. When Davis was planning to stand for Parliament, Sewell saw him as a

‘vulgar, pushing fellow whom it would have been absolutely discreditable to send up

to the General Assembly as representing the social superiority of the Canterbury


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Georgiana Adelaide Cholmondeley, 23, died 15 July 1866

Jane Christian Cholmondeley, 70, died 31 August 1875

Caroline Elizabeth Fry, 40, died 13 November 1878

Matilda Elizabeth Fry, 13, died 22 December 1878

Thomas Cholmondeley, 84, died 21 October 1884

Charles and Jane Christian Cholmondeley, the parents of Caroline Elizabeth Fry and

of Georgiana Adelaide, Hugh Heber, Charles Pitt and the Rev. George James

Cholmondeley, arrived in Canterbury in 1855, settling at Port Levy.

In the same year that Charles and Jane arrived Henry Sewell wrote that he:

… walked round the shore of the bay to Mr. Cholmondeley’s [at Port Levy].

It is a pretty harbour, like all the rest here. More wood than Port Cooper and

less than Pigeon Bay. A few settlers’ houses here and there at the water’s edge

and the beginnings of enclosures which, one of these days, will grow into

farms; but the mountains all round are an almost impassable wall.

Sewell was worried about meeting Thomas Cholmondeley. He had been told

The old gentleman is mad and goes about now and then with a musket and

sabre; his great abomination being the Canterbury Association which,

somehow or other, has swindled him into coming to this detestable place,

when or how nobody knows. I did not half like paying a visit to so dangerous

a character but summoned up courage ….

Woolston / Heathcote Cemetery



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