What a wonderous week it has been! The welcome of Jay, preparation of the Hatherley spaces for the impending building site discombobulation, opening of the vicarage for people to say their farewells and share precious memories, and the blessing of the grounds in preparation for what is to come… read more
This grave tells a rather tragic story of shattered dreams of a new life. The Gardiner family arrived aboard the Eden on 29th October 1850 and R.B Gardiner selected town section 642, on the corner of Queen and Young streets on 13th November, two days after the birth of a daughter. However, wife and mother Agness died after a short illness two weeks later. Robert Gardiner disposed of the property on 17 June 1851, and probably left the settlement.
The wording and layout of the inscription recall a type found in old churchyards in England. The soft Oamaru stone, combined with the font, have made the memorial quite hard to read today.
Here resteth the body
of Agnes, wife of
Robert Barlow Gardiner
late of Tonbridge, County of Kent
and daughter of Thomas Courthope Esqre
of Camberwell, Surrey.
born July 6th 1814, Died Novr 26th 1850
Robert Barlow, born 23rd May 1843
Frederica Elizabeth, 23rd Decr 1844
Agnes Fanny, 27th May 1846
died 30th Dec, 1847
Alice Mary, born 4th May 1848
Agnes, 11th Novr 1850
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