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October Theme Day – Cemeteries – Barbadoes Street Cemetery

October 1, 2007

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).

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


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

St. Louis (MO), USASan Diego (CA), USACleveland (OH), USANew York City (NY), USABoston (MA), USAMainz, GermanyHyde, UKArlington (VA), USACape Town, South AfricaSaint Paul (MN), USAToulouse, FranceArradon, FranceMenton, FranceMonte Carlo, MonacoMontego Bay, JamaicaAmpang (Selangor), MalaysiaJoplin (MO), USACottage Grove (MN), USABellefonte (PA), USAMexico (DF), MexicoSeattle (WA), USABaziège, FranceBaltimore (MD), USAChandler (AZ), USASequim (WA), USAStayton (OR), USAStockholm, SwedenAustin (TX), USASingapore, SingaporeGrenoble, FranceSeoul, South KoreaGreenville (SC), USAWassenaar (ZH), NetherlandsNashville (TN), USATenerife, SpainManila, PhilippinesKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaJacksonville (FL), USARiver Falls (WI), USAChateaubriant, FranceQuincy (MA), USARabaul, Papua New GuineaBuenos Aires, ArgentinaCrystal Lake (IL), USAInverness (IL), usaLubbock (TX), USAPhoenix (AZ), USAMoscow, RussiaNorwich (Norfolk), UKCrepy-en-Valois, FranceMinneapolis (MN), USANew Orleans (LA), USAMontréal (QC), CanadaWest Sacramento (CA), USAToru?, PolandPhiladelphia (PA), USAChristchurch, New ZealandLondon, EnglandPaderborn, GermanyThe Hague, NetherlandsSelma (AL), USASunderland, UKKyoto, JapanTokyo, JapanStavanger, NorwayFort Lauderdale (FL), USAWeston (FL), USAPortland (OR), USAForks (WA), USASaint-Petersburg, Russian FederationMaple Ridge (BC), CanadaBoston (MA), USASydney, AustraliaWellington, New ZealandMontpellier, FranceJackson (MS), USAWailea (HI), USAPetaling Jaya (Selangor), MalaysiaEvry, FranceSaarbrücken, GermanyNew York City (NY), USASanta Fe (NM), USANorth Bay (ON), CanadaMelbourne, AustraliaPort Vila, VanuatuCypress (TX), USASaint Louis (MO), USAParis, FranceSan Diego (CA), USAWichita (Ks), USAHaninge, SwedenPrague, Czech Republic

Published on Monday, October 1st, 2007, under Daily Photo

16 Responses to “October Theme Day – Cemeteries – Barbadoes Street Cemetery”

  1. Kate says:

    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.

  2. Michelle says:

    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.

  3. Zsolt72 says:

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

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

  5. Michelle says:

    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.

  6. Sally says:

    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

  7. denton says:

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

  8. 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? 🙂

  9. slinger says:

    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. Rich says:

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

  11. Olivier says:

    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.

  12. Randy says:

    Love the markers. Great shot.

  13. Lynette says:

    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.

  14. susan says:

    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.

  15. slinger says:

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