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Conservation Plan for Addington Cemetery

potentially the foundations of the Sexton’s shed) have archaeological significance. Baxter’s

Drain at the rear of the site has the potential to provide information on 19 th century water

channels and drains in the city. Analysis of materials used and design of the gravestones

and monuments has the potential to provide information on the source of available raw

materials, and on local crafts.

Scientific Significance

Potentially the cemetery could allow scientific study that could contribute to our

understanding of how materials react in certain conditions, as well as interactions and

reactions of plants and biological growths. Potentially, study could aid understanding of

structural stability, subsidence, and decomposition in cemeteries. Study of bones has the

potential to elucidate our understanding of diseases, nutrition and lifestyles of the past,

although such study is not considered appropriate in this sacred burial place.

Future use of ground penetrating radar could identify the burial sites of unmarked graves,

and may help in the understanding of past burial locations.

Significant Features

As a group, the graves and memorials comprise a relatively limited range of styles and

there is very little ostentation, compared to some

monuments in other cemeteries of a

similar

age (compare, for example, the Peacock mausoleum at Linwood Cemetery in

Christchurch). The relatively simple headstones are not untypical of the types of

memorials and headstones found in English Country churchyards of earlier centuries. The

range of materials used in the graves and memorials (including the railings) is largely

typical of other cemeteries in Christchurch of this period. The occasional use of volcanic

stone is significant as a regional indicator of place, but for the most part the stone used at

the

cemetery is imported and is typical of that found in other cemeteries in New Zealand

(eg Karori Cemetery, Waikumete Cemetery) and in many other countries (comparable, for

early 20th example, with many 19 century cemeteries in Australia as well as northern

th and

hemisphere countries such as England).

The mixed vegetation provides the overall setting with a degree of informality and sense of

the passage of time with the combination of man‐made/burial features and natural features.

Plans of the cemetery show there is a degree of formality but on the ground the variety in

size, scale and colours lends the place to a less structured form.

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