Woolston / Heathcote Cemetery Tour - Christchurch City Libraries


Woolston / Heathcote Cemetery Tour - Christchurch City Libraries

Born in Suffolk, Henry Williams came to Lyttelton with his parents in 1879. For

some years his father was minister at Trinity Congregational Church. Later he

switched to the Church of England and was Vicar of Oxford and St. Albans.

Henry was educated at Christ’s College and Canterbury University College from

whence he graduated with an M.A in 1896. The same year he was ordained as an

Anglican priest.

Henry Williams was first Vicar of Halswell and then, for 23 years, Vicar of Opawa.

He became Canon of Christchurch Cathedral in 1930 and was best known for the fact

that he spent 24 years as Chaplain at Christchurch Public Hospital. Williams was also

Chaplain to Sunnyside Mental Asylum and St. George’s Hospital. For the help and

advice which he gave to thousands over a long period, he was given the O.B.E. in

1956, the year after his retirement.

Row G

No. 140


Eliza Catherine Hawker, daughter of George Hawker, sister of William Hawker and

sister-in-law of Priscilla Hawker, was born in England in 1850. She married Thomas

Plumridge at St. Michael’s church, Christchurch, in 1867. Thomas, like several

members of his wife’s family, was a baker. The family lived in Addington and had

several children. Thomas died in 1904. Eliza fell ill with cancer and died at her

residence, Thomas Street, New Brighton on 14 July 1906 ‘after a long and painful

illness borne with great patience’.

The gravestone recalls Thomas Plumridge, 56, died 3 February 1904

Eliza Catherine Plumridge, 56, died 14 July 1906

Row G

No. 147


For advertising purposes a challenge was issued to S. F. Napper by Jones Bros. A

five mile motor cycle race was to take place between Napper and Clement Goodwin

‘Scorcher’ Jones at Lancaster Park on Christmas Day 1908. On 23 December Jones

was practising on the asphalt track at the park, his speed being about 25 m.p.h. The

front wheel of the vehicle collapsed and Jones ‘collided with terrible force with the

fence skirting the track ….’

The unfortunate man

… received the impact with his head and was hurled high into the air. A piece

of timber entered his temple and inflicted terrible injuries, other portions of his

head and body being also badly battered.

Doctors were called but ‘could only pronounce that death was probably


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