Addington Cemetery Tour Guide - Christchurch City Libraries

Addington Cemetery Tour Guide - Christchurch City Libraries

Many of Bruce’s stories were published in the Star. In 1932 they were brought

together and published as The early days of Canterbury – something of a misnomer as

the work concerns Christchurch and the surrounding area. The book was dedicated to

Bruce’s mother who had arrived on the Sir George Pollock in 1851, ‘lived to see the

wilderness … blossom as the rose’, and died, in her 95 th year, in October 1928.

Bruce aimed to immortalise

… the memory of many of the rank and file of our Canterbury settlers who …

were the … founders of the province. The man in the street, … the nerve and

sinew in the stupendous task of developing the embryonic province, has been

largely overshadowed and forgotten in the busy processof civic development;

hence my desire to perpetuate his memory.

Bruce’s book is subtitled: ‘A miscellaneous collection of interesting facts dealing

with the settlement’s first thirty years of colonisation, 1850-1880’. There are many

brief, entertaining pen portraits of early personalities. The book includes an index and

synopsis of contents. If the reader exercises great patience, he may find information

here which is not readily found elsewhere.

Alfred Selwyn Bruce died, at 70, on 11 September 1936. Janet Bruce, who was four

years her husband’s senior, died on 22 June 1937.

Row F

No. 108-109


Here lie three generations of the Reese family. The grandparents were Thomas Reese

who died, at 73, on 27 October 1891, and Jean Dalziel Reese who died, at 84, on 17

September 1902.

Their son, Daniel, was born at Wishair, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 31 October 1841.

He served his time at the Motherwell Ironworks as a carpenter and, in 1862, the

family arrived in Lyttelton on the Zealandia.

Daniel Reese established himself as a building contractor, making a ‘modest fortune’

though the business almost failed in the 1880s depression. Among the structures

which Reese built were the Normal School, the Belfast Freezing Works, the old

Christchurch Post Office in Cathedral Square, early sections of Lincoln College (now

Lincoln University) and parts of Sunnyside Hospital.

Reese built Morten’s buildings which were on the south-west side of Cathedral

Square and erected for 'sheep kings', Richard May Morten. To those of us who have

reached mature years, the buildings are remembered as the United Service Hotel, the

place where Queen Elizabeth II stayed in 1962. The Sunnyside and Morten building

have been demolished.

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