Otaio Cemetery Reserve, South Canterbury, N.Z.  

Timaru Herald, 7 September 1882, Page 6
The Otaio cemetery will, I suppose, before this session of Parliament ceases, be un fait accompli as far as handing the reserve over to trustees goes; but when the reserve may be converted into a "God's Acre" proper and utilised as such, is purely a question of the apathy or energy of the inhabitants of the district.

Otaio Cemetery Records - pdf - (opens up in a new window). 122 burial records as of Jan. 2011. Source: Waimate District Council cemetery database.
Cemetery transcription below transcribed by M.T. from digital photos taken on Tuesday 29th March 2011, a hot, sunny and still day. Contact me if you would like a photo of a particular headstone. Compare both transcriptions to see who does not have a headstone. At least 25 burials without headstones. 33 surnames mentioned, 51 headstones, 83 burials, 1 cremation, 4 memorial headstones. One unidentified headstone. The oldest headstone 1896 [3.] and the most recent 2007  [1.] Time involved: 45 minutes at the cemetery absorbing the scenery and taking photos and about six hours to transcribe the headstones and place the webpage online. Headstones from monument makers McBride, Harding and Hall can be found here.

EASTERN SIDE OF MAIN ROW (FROM GATE)

1. In Loving Memory of
WILLIAM SAMUEL CAGUE
(BILL)
5-12-1917 – 4-4-2007
P/MX 56924 ROYAL NAVY 1938-1950
DEARLY LOVED HUSBAND, DAD & GRANDAD

2. In Loving Memory of
SAMUEL CAGUE
Aged 74
DIED FEBRUARY 26TH 1956

3. In Loving Memory of
SAMUEL CAGUE
WHO DIED DEC. 2nd 1896
Aged 55 years
ALSO HIS BELOVED WIFE
ANN
WHO DIED JUNE 13TH 1937
Aged 77 years

4. W.E. McDONALD
C. N. MCDONALD
E.J. MCDONALD
J.J.MCDONALD

5. In Loving Memory of
RODERICK HENRY
Beloved son of
A.H. & L. J. EAST
DIED APRIL 18TH 1920
Aged 4 years

6. GEORGE THOMAS EMERY
DIED 7-11-1924
Aged 68
RACHEL EMERY
DIED 26-11-1936
Aged 80

7. In Loving Memory of
GEORGE
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
HELEN LYALL
DIED JAN 7th 1925
Aged 74
Also HIS BELOVED WIFE
HELEN
DIED JULY 31ST 1931
Aged 67 years
~
Also their beloved sons
GORDON
Killed in action at MESSINES
JUNE 7Th 1917
Aged 30.
and
WILLIAM
Killed in action at SOLESMES
OCT 11th 1918
Aged 30

8.In Loving Memory of
MARY HOPKINS
DIED NOV 17th 1900
Aged 46 years
Also HER BELOVED HUSBAND
SAMUEL
DIED JUNE 21st 1917
Aged 64 years

9. In Loving Memory of
ELIZABETH TRAVES
DIED JULY 26th 1952
Aged 82 years
Also
WALTER TRAVES
DIED DEC 17th 1952
Aged 74 years

9. In Loving Memory of
INA. E. TRAVES
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM & ELIZABETH
TRAVES
WHO DIED 11th NOV 1906
Aged 7 years and 9 MONTHS
GONE TO BE AN ANGEL

Also
9. WILLIAM TRAVES
DIED MARCH 27Th 1912
Aged 48 years

10. In Loving Memory of
JAMES CLEMENS WILLIAMS
DIED AT TIMARU, FEB 12th 1909
Aged 57 years
ELIZA WILLIAMS
DIED AT TIMARU, NOV 26th 1939
Aged 86 years
~
Also their son
WILLIAM JOHN WILLIAMS
(40755)
KILLED IN ACTION DEC. 5th 1917
Buried in the Buttes New British Cemetery, Belgium

11.In Loving Memory of
JANE
The Beloved Daughter Of
MARK and MARY STEPHENSON
WHO DIED MARCH 5th 1912
Aged 45 years
"THY WILL BE DONE"

11a. In Loving Memory of
ALICE
THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
MARK & MARY
STEPHENSON
WHO DIED JUNE 3rd 1910
Aged 35 years
"FOREVER WITH THE LORD"

Also
MARK STEPHENSON
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
MARY STEPHENSON
WHO DIED DECEMBER 25th 1912
Aged 74 years
"I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH"
[W.J. Lister, Undertaker, buried Friday 27th Dec. ]

12. In Loving Memory of
MARY
BELOVED WIFE OF
MARK STEPHENSON
DIED DEC 25th1928
IN HER 89thYEAR
"AT REST"

13. In Loving Memory of
WILLIAM GEORGE
ELDEST SON OF
GEORGE FOSTER
RUAPUNA
DIED FEB 15th 1914
Aged 30 years
"JESUS DOETH ALL THINGS WELL"

14. In Loving Memory of
AMELIA HOSKIN
DIED 22nd JAN 1916
Aged 71 years
AT PEACE
ERECTED BY J.H.HOSKIN

15. DONALD KENNARD
DIED AUGUST 11th 1922 - Aged 57
and HIS WIFE
SARAH CATHERINE KENNARD
DIED JULY 17th 1951 – Aged 79

16. In Loving Memory of
AGNES
BELOVED WIFE OF
DAVID LINDSAY
DIED JAN 20TH 1915
Aged 79 years
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
ALSO HER BELOVED HUSBAND
DAVID
DIED AUG 10th 1923
Aged 89 years
~
AND THEIR BELOVED SON
ROBERT
DIED JAN 14th 1924
(Waimate Cemetery records and DIA BMD show 1921)
Aged 54 years

17. Unidentified gravestone

18. In loving memory of
MARGARET RAIT
MARTIN
DIED FEB. 5th 1938
Aged 64 years
IN SILENCE WE REMEMBER

19. IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ANDREW MARTIN
WHO DIED AT OTAIO
ON OCTOBER 25th 1908
Aged 74 years
GODS FINGER TOUCHED HIM AND HE SLEPT
ALSO HIS BELOVED WIFE
ISABELLA MARTIN
DIED AT OTAIO
MARCH 16th 1924
Aged 86 years
GOD GIVETH HIS BELOVED SLEEP

20. In Loving Memory of
MOSES ADAMSON
WHO DIED AUGUST 18th 1909
Aged 89 years
THY WILL BE DONE

21. In Loving Memory of
ANN SIMME
BELOVED WIFE OF
MOSES ADAMSON
WHO DIED JULY 18th 1906
Aged 76 years
PEACE PERFECT PEACE
~
21a. Also THEIR ONLY DAUGHTER ELLEN
BELOVED WIFE OF GEORGE WELLS
DIED AND CREMATED AT BERKELEY
CALIFORNIA DEC 22nd 1920
AND THE URN CONTAINING THE ASHES
INTERRED HERE Aged 50 years

22. IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SAMUEL CAMERON
5th DEC 1910 - Aged 50
Also HIS WIFE
MARGARET
4th AUG 1933 Aged 84
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

23. In Loving Memory of
GEORGE SMITH
DIED 26th JUNE 1973 - Aged 89
Also HIS BELOVED WIFE
CATHERINE EMILY
DIED 6th JULY 1974 - Aged 85

24. In Loving Memory of
VEDA
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
G & E C SMITH
DIED FEB 18th 1924
Aged 6 years
DARLING WE MISS THEE

25. Unidentified sunken grave with iron surround
No. 3 Cague - March 2011. M. T. No. 7 Lyall. March 2011. M. T. No. 31. Martin  March 2011, M.T. No. 49 O'Loughlin No. 51 Walsh March 2011. M. T.



WESTERN SIDE OF MAIN ROW (TOWARDS GATE)

26. In Loving Memory of
GERTRUDE (GERTIE) MARTIN
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
FRANK C & MARGARET MARTIN
DIED 11th JULY 2006
Aged 86 years

27. In Loving Memory of
BERTHA MARTIN
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
FRANK C & MARGARET MARTIN
DIED 26th NOVEMBER 2003
Aged 85 years

28. In Loving Memory of
EVELYNE MARGARET MARTIN
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
FRANK C & MARGARET MARTIN
DIED 21st MARCH 1989
Aged 74 years

29. In Loving Memory of
PERCIVAL ANDREW MARTIN
BELOVED ONLY SON OF
FRANK C & MARGARET MARTIN
DIED 19th JULY 1973
Aged 60 years

30. In Loving Memory of
ISABELLA THOMSON
BELOVED WIFE OF
ARTHUR BERRY
DIED SEPT 16th 1937 - Aged 60 years
ALSO HER HUSBAND
ARTHUR
DIED MARCH 30th 1940 - Aged 63 years

31. In Loving Memory of
MARJORIE
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
F. C. & M. MARTIN
DIED 1st MARCH 1939
Aged 28 years

32. In Loving Memory of
ALICE
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
F.C & M. MARTIN
DIED JULY 10th 1925
Aged 4 years
OUR LOVED ONE

33. In Loving Memory of
JESSIE ISABELLA
BELOVED INFANT DAUGHTER OF
F.C. & M. MARTIN
DIED JAN 3rd 1917 Aged 8 MONTHS
OUR LOVED ONE

34.In Loving Memory of
FRANK CHARLES
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
MARGARET MARTIN
DIED 13th OCT 1960 - Aged 78 years
ALSO HIS WIFE
MARGARET
DIED 14th APRIL 1963 Aged 79 years

35. In Loving Memory of
WILLIAM GRAHAM THOMSON
SON OF
ROBERT and JANET
BORN 2nd JANUARY 1883
DIED 26th JUNE 1952

36. In Loving Memory of
DONALD McNICOL KENNARD
55278 N.Z.R.B
DIED AUG 21st 1961

37. In Loving Memory of
JOHN GORDON COLES
(JACK)
DEARLY LOVED HUSBAND OF DOROTHY
& LOVED FATHER OF JOHN & SHIRLEY
17th OCTOBER 1966 Aged 50

38. In Loving Memory of
THOMAS
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
BETSY GALLETLY
DIED AUG 7th 1916
Aged 46 years
THINE EYES SHALL SEE THE KING IN HIS BEAUTY

39. JOHN FREEMAN
JOHNSON
DIED 18th AUG 1939
Aged 87 years
ALSO HIS WIFE
ELIZABETH JANE
DIED 4th FEB 1952
Aged 85 years

40. In Loving Memory of
ISABEL JOSEPHINE JOHNSON
DIED SEPT 17th 1951 - Aged 56
Also
JAMES FREEMAN JOHNSON
BELOVED HUSBAND OF ABOVE
DIED NOV 13th 1971 - Aged 73
~
Also her son
KENNETH JAMES
KILLED ON AIR OPERATIONS
MARCH 30th 1943 - Aged 22
Buried at Heerstrasse

41. In Loving Memory of
WILLIAM JOHN THOMAS
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
MARJORY
DIED 11th SEPT 1961 - Aged 74
ALSO HIS BEOVED WIFE
MARJORY
DIED 10th AUG 1970 - Aged 83

42. In Loving Memory of
HELEN ALEXANDRA
(QUEENIE)
BELOVED WIFE OF J.M.THOM
DIED 9th MAY1967 - Aged 66

43. In Loving Memory of
FLORA BELL
BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLLIAM ERNEST DIX
DIED 6th AUG 1957 - Aged 63
ALSO HER BELOVED HUSBAND
WILLIAM ERNEST
DIED 14 SEP 1978 - Aged 88

SINGLE ROW ON EXTREME EASTERN SIDE
(TOWARDS  GATE) Catholic section


44.In Loving Memory of
MARGARET
BELOVED WIFE OF
BARTHOLOMEW SHEEHAN
DIED 29th APRIL 1940
Aged 64 years R-I-P

BARTHOLOMEW
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
MARGARET SHEEHAN
DIED 18th MAY 1940
Aged 79 years
R-I-P

45. In Loving Memory of
WILLIAM ANDREW
THE BELOVED SON OF
DAVID & ROSANNA MARTIN
DIED DECEMBER 18th 1910
Aged 1 DAY
"SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME"

Also THEIR BELOVED SON
JAMES JOSEPH
DIED DECEMBER 24th 1912
Aged 3 WEEKS
"FOR OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN"

46. In Loving Memory of
DAVID MARTIN
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
ROSANNA MARTIN
WHO DIED SEP 6th 1912
Aged 33 years
"THY WILL BE DONE"
R-I-P
ALSO HIS BELOVED WIFE
ROSANNA
DIED AT CHRISTCHURCH
20th FEB 1965 Aged 80 years
REQUIESCAT IN PACE

47. In Loving Memory of
JULIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
ALEXANDER Mc AULEY
DIED MARCH 23rd 1915
Aged 52 years
ALSO HER BELOVED HUSBAND
ALEXANDER
DIED AUG 11th 1929
Aged 63 years
ETERNAL REST GIVE TO THEM O LORD,
AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM
R-I-P

48. In Loving Memory of
ANDREW
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
CHARLOTTE O'LOUGHLIN
DIED FEB 27th 1919
Aged 44 years
Eternal rest gave to him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him

Also HIS BELOVED WIFE
CHARLOTTE
DIED SEPT. 7th 1951
Aged 72 years
R-I-P

49. In Loving Memory of
JOHN
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
MARGARET O'LOUGHLIN
DIED DEC 5th 1916
Aged 50 years
ON WHOSE SOUL, SWEET JESUS,
HAVE MERCY

Also HIS BELOVED WIFE
MARGARET
DIED NOV 1st 1924
Aged 58 years
R-I-P

49a. Also THEIR BELOVED DAUGHTER
GERTRUDE
DIED JUNE 21st 1920
Aged 21 years

49b. Also THEIR SON
LEONARD
BELOVED HUSBAND OF
ANNIE O'LOUGHLIN
DIED OCT 18th 1938
Aged 40 years
R-I-P

50. In Loving Memory of
MARY O'LOUGHLIN
DIED 16th APRIL 1951
Aged 80 years
Also
CATHERINE O'LOUGHLIN
DIED 27th AUG 1954
Aged 80 years
R-I-P

51. In Loving Memory of
JAMES WALSH
NATIVE OF BALLYBUNNION
Co. KERRY
DIED NOV 8th 1922
Aged 70 years
R-I-P


The Draped Urn

After the cross, the urn is one of the most commonly used cemetery monuments. The design represents a funeral urn, and is thought to symbolize immortality. Cremation was an early form of preparing the dead for burial. In some cultures, especially in classical times, it was more common than burial. The shape of the container in which the ashes were placed may have taken the form of a simple box or a marble vase, but no matter what it looked like it was called an "urn," derived from the Latin uro, meaning "to burn." As burial became a more common-practice, the urn continued to be closely associated with death. The urn is commonly believed to testify to the death of the body and the dust into which the dead body will change, while the spirit of the departed eternally rests with God. The cloth draping the urn symbolically guarded the ashes. The shroud-draped urn is believed by some to mean that the soul has departed the shrouded body for its trip to heaven. Others say that the drape signifies the last partition between life and death.

Timaru Herald, 23 February 1882, Page 3 Waimate County Council
The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Wednesday, the 22nd inst. Members present. Messrs Turnbull, Hurdle. Lawrie, Manchester, Teschemaker, McGregor, and the Chairman (Mr M. Studholme).The following resolution was passed : — That the Chairman be requested to ask the Government for a grant of land out of reserve No. 674 as a public cemetery for St. Andrews and Otaio — 10 acres."

Timaru Herald, 31 March 1882, Page 3 Waimate County Council
The monthly meeting of this Council was held on the 29th instant. Messrs Teschemaker, Hayes, Lawrie, Hardie, O'Brien, and J. Manchester. In the absence of the Chairman, Mr J. Manchester was moved to the chair. From the Land Office, acknowledging receipt of the Council's request to have ten acres on the Otaio river reserved us a public cemetery, and saying that if the site as show on the plan was considered suitable the reservation would at once be made.  

North Otago Times, 26 August 1882, Page 2 Wellington, Aug. 24. House of Representatives.
Replying to Mr Steward, Mr Rolleston said the Otaio cemetery reserves will be gazetted next issue. [Reserve 641]

Timaru Herald, 12 December 1882, Page 2
Otaio Cemetery Reserve — Section No. 2556, containing 9 acres 2 roods and 32 perches, situated at Otaio, has been permanently reserved for the purposes of it cemetery.

Timaru Herald, 7 September 1882, Page 6 Otaio.
Our energetic neighbors at St. Andrews still continue to extend their pleasant little township ; and before many years have come and  vanished, we may quite expect to see a thriving town rise up around the present site. Some three or four new shops and dwellings have just received their finishing touch, and were the Pareora estate, adjoining, cut up and sold in suitable allotments and at suitable prices, St. Andrews would without doubt shortly become second only to Timaru in importance in South Canterbury. The propriety of the Masonic Hotel, Mr Brown, has just completed some extensive improvements, rendered necessary I understand by public exigency, and he opened the new apartments with a ball and supper on Wednesday eight.
    The Otaio cemetery will, I suppose, before this session of Parliament ceases, be un fait accompli as far as handing the reserve to trustees goes; but when the reserve may be converted into a "God's Acre " proper and utilised as such, is purely a question of the apathy or energy of the inhabitants of the district. That persons having business with the Registration Officer should have to travel as far as Timaru or Waimate, each of those places being fifteen miles distant, to get their wants supplied, seems, in these go-ahead times, rather a hardship. Why, in a populous district like Otaio, including St. Andrews and Makikihi, we should not have a Registrar of Births and Deaths seems to me to be totally inexplicable, particularly when a very large portion of the inhabitants of the district have not that easy access to the railway which fortune has favored the few with. Not, indeed, that an urgent necessity exist for the exercise of that officer's duties in the death department, as that would be on libel on our healthy climate ; but, I think, we might promise him a busy time in chronicling our increases. Seriously, a movement in this direction would be desirable.

Timaru Herald, 27 December 1882, Page 2
Otaio Public Cemetery — Messrs Andrew Martin, William Quinn, Duncan McLaren, Thomas Teschemaker and James Young have been appointed trustees for the maintenance of the public cemetery at Otaio.

Timaru Herald, 31 October 1916, Page 5
Mr John O'Loughlin. of Otaio, ha? been appointed a trustee for the Otaio cemetery in place of Mr Thomas Galletly, deceased.

The Otaio Cemetery is a very small public cemetery about 2kms south of St Andrews, just off State Hwy 1, on the left just over the Otaio river bridge. It is over the railway line, through a gate and along a paddock towards the sea. A lovely peaceful and remote location. You can feel and smell the sea breeze from there. There are a few broken headstones, some are indecipherable, and one that has fallen face down. map. From Timaru head south down the Main South Road, pass St. Andrews. Directions. The Otaio Presbyterian Church, built of wood, stood on a site of nearly two acres presented by Mrs Martin, and situated at the corner of the Main South road and Kokika Valley Road. The last service was held at the church on November 11, 1971, after which it was shifted from Otaio to a  property in Goldsmith St, Waimate and used as the Waimate Girl Guides Hall. When it was shifted they took the roof off and the tower as it was too high too move. The Waimate guides decided to vacate the building as they did not want to renew their lease as their numbers, varying from 12 to 14, were not sufficient to allow them to maintain the hall or afford the rates and section rental. Waimate District Council bought the Girl Guides Hall and donated it to the Bushtown Committee in 2008 and was shifted to the Bushtown site.  The church was next to the Otaio Hall on the main road, across the road from Tennants'. The Martins' farm was on the south side of Woolshed Valley road and is now owned and part of Tennant's dairy farm. No Martins' left now. The road may have been Kohika Valley road once but not now. Google map- type in Woolshed Valley road, Otaio, Canterbury. Reference: 03/12/2008 Timaru Herald

Timaru Herald, 18 October 1876, Page 2
Death - On October 7, at Woolshed Gully, Otaio, John M. Martin, eldest son of John Martin, aged 11 years.

See the cemetery surrounded by fields....grass mown on the east side, wheat in the process of harvest on the south, header in paddock, and another wheat paddock awaiting the header on the north and you can see the coast near the Otaio River mouth. Further south on the Main South Rd is the turn off for the Woolshed Valley Road, heading inland, with the Otaio Community Hall on the corner.  The google maps shows the hall up well.  

Know a districts' names and you know half its history

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District] 1903
Mr George Lyall, a native of Kincardineshire, Scotland (1849-1925). Landing in Lyttelton by the “Mermaid” 2 Jan. 1868. He found employment for a short time in the Rakaia Gorge, and in 1868 came to South Canterbury, where he entered the service of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company at their Levels estate. Was the manager of the Cave Station until he was promoted to the position of manager of the Pareora Station, in 1891, a property of some 10,000 acres. He was the last manager of the Pareora Estate prior to it being bought by the Government in 1899 and split up for closer settlement in early 1900. He was asked to choose some land by the Company [New Zealand & Australian Land Company] for him to retire on. He chose a location and had a house built on the terrace overlooking the main road and further out to sea, so Lyall Road and the district Lyalldale named after him. George was also a Waimate councilor from 1891 to at least 1903. In 1897 was VP of the Timaru A & P Show. Mr. Lyall, a public spirited gentleman, was a member of the Harbour Board, the Waimate Hospital Board and a trustee of the Pareora Domain Board.  photo pg 974 Lyall Road is to the right, just south of the Pareora bridge.
Children of Helen Christina and George Lyall:
1886 Margaret Mary Lyall
1887 Gordon Gilmour Lyall      (KIA 1917)
1888 William Carnegie Lyall     (KIA 1918)
1890 Hugh Christopher Lyall
1892 Douglas George Lyall
1895 Isabel Josephine Lyall
1897 Angus Lyall
1902 Helen Alexandra Lyall
1904 Doris May Lyall

Why wasn't this marriage registered?

Now the most interesting thing is that the LYALL - STRONG marriage does not appear on the marriage fiche, the BDM nor the NZSG Marriage CD. The marriage is recorded in the Timaru Herald of the 14th January 1885, ITM and the Pleasant Point Parish Register. It says that it took place in the Presbyterian Church in Timaru, however this marriage is not recorded in that Church's marriage register.

Timaru Herald January 29th 1885 page 2 Col. d Marriage
LYALL - STRONG - At the Presbyterian Church, Timaru, by the Rev. D. McLennan, assisted by the Rev. William Gillies, George, youngest son of Mr W. Lyall, Esq., Kincardineshire, Scotland, to Helen, second daughter of George J. Strong, Esq., Christchurch.

Pleasant Point Parish Register at the South Canterbury Museum:
At Trinity Church (Timaru) January .... 1885 (no date; maybe illegible) by Rev. Donald McLennan, assisted by Rev. William Gillies George LYALL, youngest son of Mr W LYALL, Kincardineshire, Scotland to Helen STRONG, second daughter of Mr George J STRONG, Christchurch.

NZ Archives, Wellington
The Intention of Marriage notice on 20 Dec 1884
George Lyall, bachelor, station overseer, 33 yrs, Resident: Cave, Length of Residence in district 8 yrs to
Helen C. Strong, spinster, 20 yrs, Resident: Pleasant Point, Length of Residence in district 4 yrs
Married Presbyterian Church Timaru
In pencil (Cert issued 8 Jan 1885).
Note: no folio number listed but there were folio number for all the other ones on the page and they were written in pen.

What is the Lyall, Gilmour and Martin connection?

Timaru Herald, 16 September 1889, Page 2
There passed away to rest on Saturday morning a lady well known to the settlers of the Otaio district, namely, Mrs Gilmour, the, mother of Mrs Andrew Martin, of Otaio. The deceased lady was 91 years of age, and several of her family are living in the Waimate district. She retained her faculties unclouded to the last, and for such a very old lady, had a wonderful memory. She was thrice a widow, and for many years was the only midwife in the Otaio-Waimate district. Her funeral takes place at Waimate to-day, and her large circle of friends will no doubt pay their lost respects to her memory by attending.

If Christina is the mother of Mrs Andrew Martin who was Isabella Thom/pson before she married Andrew in Melbourne then her mother Christina must have married McDonald in Melbourne. Then she married William Gilmour, after arrival.

Christina GILMOUR born 1830, later Mrs Strong, and died 13 Sept. 1919 aged 89 buried in Waimate Cemetery with her husband George Joseph STRONG born 1829 and died 11  March 1891, aged 62. These people are the parents of Mrs George LYALL.

Helen Strong was born in 1864 in Clapham, London, England and came out in 1879 with her mother and lived with her Aunt, Mrs A. Martin, at Otaio. She became a school teacher and was appointed to the Pleasant Point School. She married George Lyall in 1885 in Timaru and went to live in Cave until 1890. Mrs Helen Christina LYALL (nee STRONG) was a niece of Mrs Isabella MARTIN (Mrs Andrew Martin) and therefore a grand-daughter of Mrs Christina GILMOUR. The Lyall's had nine children - five sons & four daughters.

Their names are on the St. Andrew's War Memorial and not the Otaio War Memorial

George Lyall lost two son's in the Great War. Angus Lyall came back.  Four English daisies are to the right - it was springtime. All photos taken on 13 Nov. 2009.  There was one large flat white marble headstone broken, leaning up against the back of the church, this was the only broken headstone in the cemetery. The white marble was in three pieces and the grey inscription is made with flush lead lettering. The letters are chiseled into the stone and small holes are drilled in the groove and then lead is gently tapped into the letters. The gravestone is then polished smooth so the lead letters and the surface of the marble are flush.  

At St. Mary's, Esk Valley.

The Lyall plaque used to be on the wall in the Presbyterian Church in St Andrews is now at St. Mary's, Esk Valley, lying up against the back of the church. It probably was broken when being removed before the church was closed and pulled down in the 1990s. The Lyall plaque was not leaning against the back of the church in 2005.

In memory of Gordon Gilmour LYALL
Killed at Messines, June 7th 1917,
Aged 30
Also
William Carnegie LYALL
Killed at Solesmes, [France] Oct. 11th 1918
Aged 30
THEY GAVE THEIR LIVE'S FOR OTHERS.

Photo taken by M.T. on Tuesday 29th March 2011.

Gordon Gilmore Lyall, Rifleman, Serial No. 15927 New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 6th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company
Occupation before Enlistment: Farmer
S/o George and Helen Lyall, of St. Andrews, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Embarkation Date 26 July 1916
Campaigns: Messines
Place of Death Belgium
Date of Death 7 June 1917, age 30
Killed in action
Cemetery: Messines Ridge (N.Z.) Memorial
 
William Carnegie Lyall, Serial No. 46235, NZEF, 29th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Bn., A Company 
Rank Last Held Corporal
First Known Rank Sergeant
Occupation before Enlistment: School master
S/o George and Helen Lyall, of St. Andrews, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Embarkation Date 13 August 1917
Place of Death Le Cateau, France
Date of Death 11 October 1918, age 30
Killed in action
Cemetery: Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension

WILLIAMS, William John
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F.
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Date of Death: 05/12/1917
Service No: 40755
S/o of Mrs. Eliza Williams, of Bluecliffs Rd., St. Andrew's, South Canterbury
Memorial: Buttes New British Cemetery (N.Z.) Memorial, Polygon Wood

JOHNSON, Kenneth James
Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal New Zealand Air Force
Unit Text: 44 (R.A.F.) Sqdn.
Date of Death: 30/03/1943 Age: 22
Service No: 414986
S/o James Freeman Johnson and of Isabel Josephine Johnson (nee Lyall)
Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. E. 18.
Cemetery: Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery
His name is on the Hook Soldiers Memorial Hall gatepost.


Timaru Herald, 19 July 1906, Page 1
The Friends of Mr Moses Adamson are respectfully informed that the Funeral of his Late Wife, will leave his Residence, The Craig, Otaio, at 2 p.m. on FRIDAY, 20th inst., for the Lower Otaio Cemetery.' ALEXANDER PHILIP, Embalmer and Undertaker, Waimate.

Timaru Herald, 12 November 1906, Page 1
The Friends of Mr and Mrs William Traves, jun. St. Andrews, are respectfully informed that the Funeral of their late daughter Ina Elizabeth will leave their residence, St. Andrews, on TUESDAY, November 13th,. at 2 p.m., for the Lower Otaio Cemetery. W. J. LISTER

Timaru Herald, 22 April 1908, Page 1
The Friends of Edwin and Catherine McDonald are respectfully informed that the Funeral, of their late beloved and eldest son, John James will leave the Timaru Hospital. THIS DAY. April 22nd, at 11 a.m., for the Lower Otaio Cemetery, arriving at 1 p.m. W. J. LISTER.
ST. ANDREWS COURT PROGRESS A.O.F. The BRETHREN of the above Court are requested to attend the Funeral of their late Bro. John James McDonald, which will leave St. Andrews at 12 o'clock THIS DAY, 22/4/08) for Lower Otaio Cemetery. W. STOWELL, Chief Ranger. GEO. EMERY, Secretary.

Timaru Herald, 10 June 1910, Page 5
The funeral of the late Miss Alice Stephenson took place on Tuesday afternoon last, and was largely attended. St. Andrews Church, where the first portion of the service was conducted, was draped in mourning for the occasion, and the deceased having been an active member of the choir and also of the parish Ladies' Guild for many years past, the choir assembled in force to show their loving respect for the memory of their departed friend, and rendered very feelingly "Thy Will he done." and at the close of the service "Peace, Perfect Peace." A large number followed the cortege the Otaio Cemetery, and the vicar, the Rev. L. Carsley Brady, conducted a solemn service. Much sympathy is extended to the parents and relatives of the deceased who are old residents in the district, and much respected by all.

Timaru Herald, 16 March 1912, Page 4
STEPHENSON. On March, 15th, Jane, the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Mark Stephenson, of St. Andrews. Interment will be in Otaio Cemetery. Funeral private.

Timaru Herald, 18 February 1914, Page 1
Friends of Mr George Foster, Ruapuna. are respectfully informed that the Funeral of his late beloved son. William George, will move from the residence of Mr Annett Lyalldale, St. Andrews, on WEDNESDAY, 18th inst., at 10 o'clock, for the Otaio Cemetery. JOHN MOORE, Furnishing Undertaker. Waimate. Members of the South Canterbury Motor Cycling Club are requested to attend the funeral. E. Lamb. Hon. Secretary

Timaru Herald, 24 March 1915, Page 1
Friends of Mr ALEXANDER McAULEY are respectfully informed that the Funeral of his late Wife will leave his residence, Otaio on Friday, March 26th at 8.15 a.m. for the Catholic Church, Makikihi (Requiem Mass at ( a.m.). and then leaving the Church immediately after for the Lower Otaio Cemetery LISTER. Undertaker.

Timaru Herald, 7 December 1916, Page 1
THE FRIENDS of the late JOHN O'LOUGHLIN, of St. Andrews, are respectfully informed that his funeral will leave the Catholic Church, St. Andrews, TO-DAY, December 7th, at 2.30 p.m., for the Lower Otaio Cemetery. (Requiem Mass 9 a.m., Thursday Morning.) W. J. LISTER.
    H.A.C.B.S. ST. MARY'S BRANCH, No. 193. The Members of the above Branch are requested to meet at the Catholic Church. St. Andrews, TO-DAY (Thursday), at 2.15 p.m. to attend the Funeral of their late Bro. J. O'Loughlin.
    ST. ANDRESWS CALEDONIAN SOCIETY. requested to meet at the Catholic Church, St. Andrews, THIS DAY, at 2.15, to attend the Funeral of their late President. John O'Loughlin. D. CALLAGHAN. Secretary.

Timaru Herald, 22 June 1917, Page 1
The friends of the late the Funeral of their late Samuel (Charles) Hopkins, leaving his late residence, St. Andrews, TO-MORROW (Saturday), for the Lower Otaio Cemetery. W.J. Lister. Brethren of A.O.F. Court requested to attend the Funeral. Charles Emery, Secretary

Timaru Herald, 28 February 1919, Page 6
The Friends of the late ANDREW O'LOUGHLIN are respectfully informed that his Funeral will leave his late residence St. Andrew, TOMORROW (Saturday), March 1st.; at 9.15 a.m. for the St. Andrew's Catholic Church. Requiem Mass 9-30 a.m., leaving immediately after service for the Otaio Cemetery. W.J. LISTER. Phone 157 and 142.

Timaru Herald, 3 December 1896, Page 2 Death
Cague — At his residence, St. Andrews, on the 2nd inst., Samuel Cague ; Aged 55

Timaru Herald, 8 December 1896, Page 2
The remains of the late Samuel Cague who died on the 2nd inst., were buried on Saturday last in the Otaio cemetery. The deceased was one of the oldest and most respected farmers of the St. Andrew's district, and was well and favourably known to a large circle of friends. Much sympathy is felt for his wife and family in their sad bereavement. The funeral was very large and representative and included many from Timaru and Oamaru. The burial service was conducted in a most impressive manner by the Rev. Mr Finlayson, Presbyterian minister stationed at St. Andrews. The death cast quite a gloom over the district.

Otago Daily Times 27 June 1889, Page 2 Death
Cague.— On the 16th June 1889, at her son's residence, Waianakarua, near Oamaru, Isabella relict of the late Mr Samuel Cague, County Down, Ireland, aged 74 years. Home papers please copy.

Births 				Mother 	Father
1890 Cague Agnes 		Annie 	Samuel 
1892 Cague William 		Anna 	Samuel 
1895 Cague James 		Annie 	Samuel 
1884 Cague Isabella Janet 	Anna 	Samuel 
1887 Cague Annie 		Annie 	Samuel 
1882 Cague Andrew 		Annie 	Samuel 

Marriages
1913 Agnes Cague 		married Hilton Keaton [Heaton] Welford b: c1891 in Bishopwearmouth, Durham, England
1903 Isabella Janet Cague 	married John Blood 
1915 James Cague  		married Eileen Dela Hoskin. Was he known as Sam?
1922 William Cague 		married Evelyn Amelia Hoskin
1916 Andrew Cague 		married Mary Stewart


 Drop down to the coast and enjoy the remoteness. Photos taken March 2011 by M.T.

Not everyone has headstones

Timaru Herald, 14 August 1896, Page 1
The Friends of the late Andrew McRae are respectfully requested to attend his funeral, which will leave the residence of Mr George Lawrie, St. Andrews, for the Otaio Cemetery, at 2.30, p.m., THIS DAY.

Timaru Herald, 17 August 1896, Page 3 St. Andrews.
The body of the late Andrew McRae was interred in the Otaio public cemetery on Friday afternoon. The funeral cortege was very large, evidencing the respect in which the deceased was held by the residents of the district and the sympathy felt for his untimely death. In the absence of the Rev. Mr Finlayson, the Rev. Mr Kelly, Presbyterian minister, of Waimate, officiated at the grave. After the funeral service was over, the mourners inspected the new cemetery, and all expressed pleasure, and many surprise, that so suitable and convenient a site had been procured as a public burial ground. The formation of paths find the planting of suitable trees would greatly add to the appearance of the ground. Mr McRae's body was the first to be laid in, the new cemetery. The only, drawback is the approach to the cemetery. The road requires forming and metalling. Had the unfortunate accident which caused the deceased's death happened during the late wet weather, it would have been almost impossible to reach the cemetery so bad were the roads. It is to be hoped that the Council will take early steps to make the necessary improvements.

Timaru Herald, 1 May 1901, Page 1
THE Friends of Mrs Barbara Lawrie are respectfully requested to attend the Funeral of her late Husband, which will leave her residence, St. Andrews, at 2 p.m. THIS DAY, for the Lower Otaio Cemetery.

Timaru Herald, 6 January 1902, Page 1
The Friends of John Sullivan are respectfully requested to attend his Funeral, which will leave St. Andrews at 3.30 THIS AFTERNOON for the Otaio Cemetery. J. E. BECKINGHAM, Undertaker.

Timaru Herald, 29 July 1902, Page 1
The Friends of Mr and Mrs Vallance are respectfully informed that the Funeral of their late son Thomas Alexander will leave their Residence, St. Andrews, for the Lower Otaio Cemetery, on WEDNESDAY, 30th inst., at 1 p.m.

Timaru Herald, 1 August 1904, Page 2
HASTIE. On July 31st, 1904, at Springbrook, St. Andrews, Margaret, the beloved wife of Alexander Hastie; aged 82 years. Private interment at Lower Otaio cemetery. (W. J. Lister, undertaker.)

Timaru Herald, 13 December 1904, Page 3
The Rev. J. H. J. Chappie, of St Andrews, in conducting the funeral of the late Alex. Hastie at the Otaio Cemetery yesterday, said at the graveside : —"It was not usual thing to introduce remarks into the ordinary burial service. At the same time always I feel when officiating at the funeral of an old pioneer, such as Alex. Hastie had been, that the time is most opportune (even though the ordinary rules were broken), to speak a word to the younger people. The occasion on which an old identity had passed away warranted the remarks. It seemed, a small thing, perhaps, to stand at the graveside and see the body of an old colonist laid in the soil, but we must remember, that New Zealand as we see and enjoy it, is due to the indomitable toil, energy and perseverance of such men who had laboured among the silver tussocks nigh upon fifty years ago. Personally I feel it a greater honour to officiate at such a graveside, than if called to conduct the funeral service of the titled or great, so often wrongly miscalled. If I mistake not, the aristocracy of God will eventually be found among those who have helped to lay the base of a righteous nation, and who, without worldly honours, have almost passed away from the scene of action unthanked or unnoticed. Alex. Hasite was one of a race that is too fast slipping away, and whom succeeding generations centuries hence would, if they knew the spot where such men were buried, almost worship at the shrine of such hallowed ground. We live too near the time of the pioneers to feel their value. We wonder if the rising generation show the powers of endeavour and the 'signs of iron in the blood' that our fathers have shown. We pray it may be so. Let us endeavour to build well on the foundations that have been laid, always remembering that it is righteousness that exalteth a nation, not forgetting also that hard toil and righteousness are (as the history of nations prove) blessings in future years, let us keep these things in mind and beware of luxury of and effeminacy."

Timaru Herald, 23 July 1909, Page 4
BETTERN — On July 21st, at its parents' residence, Otaio, Henry Heyern, the beloved and only child of of Mr and and Mrs Henry Bettern, aged 8 days. Deeply regretted. Interment Lower Otaio cemetery this day. leaving their residence at 2.30 p.m.  

Wises "New Zealand Guide" (pub 1952)
OTAIO, Canterbury prov. Timaru Postal District. Telephone office. Locality in Waimate County. Pop: 115 (c). Farming. Sheep raising. Railway Station. 114 miles from Christchurch, 14 miles from Timaru. Altitude 24ft. The section of railway between St Andrews and Otaio was opened for traffic 1st September 1876.

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