October Theme Day – Cemeteries – Barbadoes Street Cemetery

Barbadoes Street is the oldest cemetery in Christchurch, opening in 1851. It is the resting place of many of Christchurch’s early settlers, and sadly many of the gravestones are for young children (victims of epidemics). The cemetery is divided by a Street (Barbadoes) with Anglicans on the east side and Catholics (and dissenters) on the West side. The two pictures are of the West (Catholic side).

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The ivy (pictured above) is just growing around a small collection of gravestones.

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The following daily photo blogs are also participating in October’s theme day:

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16 Comments

  • 10 years ago

    Your post is the first one I’ve seen today (our Sunday) for October Theme Day. Glad that medicine has progressed to the point that epidemics often can be contained.

  • 10 years ago

    Hi Kate,

    Check out Wellington and Sydney, they both have theme posts up too! That’s the cool thing about being in Australasia, we beat the rest of the world to tomorrow!

    Yes, thank goodness for antibiotics. The gravestones made really grim reading (with families often losing three children in just a few short years) and far too many people dying in their 40’s or 30’s.

  • 10 years ago

    this is the first one I see on this theme day.:) Wonderful

  • 10 years ago

    Interesting with the ivy growing there, never seen that at a graveyard before.

  • 10 years ago

    The ivy gives it a bit of a spooky look, even though I took the photo in bright day light! While I was taking the photo a cheeky young guy walked by and asked me if I’d found any ghosts yet. My quick reply was “ghosts don’t haunt cemeteries, they haunt people”. Not sure I really believe that, though I have had a few ghostly incidents over the years! With the worst being a house built two houses down from another cemetery – the vibe in the house was awful, and I frequently felt like I was being observed. I even heard a voice one night.

  • Sally
    10 years ago

    Cemeteries are such great sites for exploring social history….and the graves of so many young children is always so sad. Nice pics.

    Sydney Daily Photo

  • 10 years ago

    My post will be from Christ Church as well. Just on the other side of the world.

  • 10 years ago

    Trying to remember where else I’ve seen ivy-covered graves before. England, most likely. Spring is in full force down there, isn’t it? 🙂

  • 10 years ago

    That’s been one thing that has spooked me and has made me thankful for being born this late in history. The young child deaths, ugh. In the cemetery I posted about, one family I believe had 4 children that passed under the age of 7.

  • 10 years ago

    I like all of the green, from the ivy and springtime.

  • 10 years ago

    belle photo, j’aime beaucoup ces cimetieres abandonnés. on peut inventer des histoires.


    beautiful photograph, I like much these abandoned cemeteries. one can invent stories.

  • 10 years ago

    Beautiful shots!

    STLdailyphoto

  • 10 years ago

    Love the markers. Great shot.

  • 10 years ago

    I like both of your photos. I find the ivy surprising, though, because it seems that it wouldn’t take long for the tombstones to disappear beneath it.

  • 10 years ago

    I like the ivy, but It would soon take over. I enjoyed our trip to our cemetery. I lived in my town over 10 years and had never been there till now.

  • 10 years ago

    the ivy certainly makes for a different feel to the photo.

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