Conservation Plan Addington Cemetery - Christchurch City Libraries

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Conservation Plan Addington Cemetery - Christchurch City Libraries

Conservation Plan for Addington Cemetery

A photographic image of the deceased, as noted above in regard to the Hodgson memorial

plaque, is a common memorial of recent times.

However occasionally, on early graves, a

likeness of the deceased person would be carved in the headstone – this is not a particularly

common phenomenon and the survey to date would suggest that this is the only one in the

Addington Cemetery. It is an ancient funerary practice to record images of the deceased in

a variety of ways including death masks. Carved likenesses are often found on Roman

stele.

This headstone was erected to the memory of the Rev. Samuel MacFarlane, a minister with

the U F Methodist Church. The Rev. MacFarlane died in 1898 aged 70 years and the

inscription reads: “Erected by his friends

to record their sense of his constant devotion to

the duties of his office an immense value of his services to the U F Churches.”

His wife Eva, who died on 29 September 1954, is also interred in the same plot.

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