The Church of St Anne's, Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine, N.Z.
Looking east. Note the metal church sign - the logo depicting a simple cross probably custom designed by a parishioner for St. Anne's decades ago and created by a local blacksmith.

1st May 2010 autumn photographic study of crosses at the little churchyard cemetery at St Anne's Church, Anglican parish of Geraldine by M.T. The two red leafed trees are very old and gnarled with lichen all over are purple prunus... deciduous. The tree behind the sign is some variety of Cyprus. Noticed mostly native trees when driving through the valley.


Back of the wee church looking west with a huge ash tree. Anglican churches are always orientated east/west, with the sanctuary at the east end. Two tall Lombardy poplars are in the gap between the trees - the Te Moana river is situated over there. A simple Latin cross, the type on which Christ is believed to have been crucified, is found on the church's roof, and throughout this peaceful churchyard cemetery.  The cross is a synonym for Christianity.


The Burdon Plot with a cross and three angles. Angels are the agent of God, often pointing towards heaven; guardians of the dead, symbolizing spirituality.


The Burdon plot cross.


Catherine youngest daughter of Thomas & Caroline Hardcastle of Castlewood who died Jan. 1st 1882 aged 15 years.
This headstone is made in two parts, the cross being added on top.


Children of Andrew and Elizabeth Brown with an illegible headstone, probably a child's to the left.
A daisy symbolizes innocence; usually found on graves of young children.


Beatrice Lillian Wilson only child of James and Elizabeth Wilson died April 27 aged 5 years.
"He shall give his angels charge over thee."

Thomas Bull
Thomas Bull 

The descending dove is a common motif on grave memorials, representing the Holy Spirit. Messenger of God.
Mary Bull died 22nd June 1887, aged 51 years.

Timaru Herald, 24 June 1887, Page 1 FUNERAL NOTICE.
THE FRIENDS of Mr Thomas Bull are respectfully informed that the Funeral of his late wife, Mary Bull, will leave his Residence, Pleasant Valley, for St. Anne's Church, at 12 noon on SATURDAY NEXT. WILLIAM YOUNG, Undertaker.


A Columbarium, a Memorial Wall designed by Austen Deans.
N.G. Barker C.M.R. NZEF. A Latin cross with the NZ silver fern.

Plaques for war graves for ex-servicemen both New Zealand and Allied are subsidised by the government; formerly Internal Affairs but now Veteran's Affairs (not the RSA). From 1983, spouses could also be buried in the servicepersons section. 183 New Zealand cemeteries have sections called "Services Cemeteries" e.g. Timaru, Waimate, Fairlie, Geraldine, Temuka. Archways agency ACGO and keyword "graves". The plaques are now bronze or granite. 2012. Planning, cost. Re ordering subsidised plaques from Veterans Affairs (full cost is only paid when the death is attributable to war service). Not all servicepersons were buried with an official plaque in services cemeteries. Some reasons were because of the standard plaque not allowing individual messages, and because until 1983 spouses could not be buried there also.

Brown family. This church commemorates the name of Anne, wife of Rev. L.L. Brown.

George Faber Brown   Anne Grey Brown   Eleanor Faber Brown
Two Latin crosses and far right is a Celtic cross also called the Anglican Cross. The circle around the crosspiece symbolizes eternity.  

Timaru Herald June 1881
BROWN - On 24th May, at the residence of her brother, Waihi Bush, Eleanor Faber Brown, aged 32, eldest daughter of Lawrence Lawson and Ann Grey Brown.

Press, 29 November 1893, Page 2
Brown— On November 22nd, 1893, at Halswell, Christchurch, New Zealand, Anne Grey Brown, aged sixty-five, wife of Rev. Laurence Lawson Brown, M.A., of Trinity College, Cambridge; many years incumbent of Witton-le-Wear, Durham.

Press, 20 August 1894, Page 1 Death
Brown — On August 13th, 1894, at Halswell, George Faber Brown, of Heiriggs, Woodbury, third son of Rev. Laurence Lawson Brown, M.A., aged thirty-nine.

Press, 1 October 1898, Page 1
Brown - On September 15th, 1898, at Orange, New South Wales, James Faber Brown, of Heiriggs, New Zealand, aged thirty-three years; youngest son of Rev. L.L. Brown, M.A.

Otago Daily Times 25 October 1898, Page 7
BROWN — On the 15th September, 1898, at Orange, N.S.W., James Faber Brown, youngest son of Laurence Lawson and the late Anne Grey Brown, and brother of L. F. Brown, of Clinton; aged 33 years.

Timaru Herald 26th Feb., 1880 Marriage
BROWN - BENNETT. On the 9th February, 1880, at St. Anne's Church, Pleasant Valley, by the Rev. L.L. Brown, B.A., Henry Faber Brown, to Catherine Annie Bennett.

Lawrence Faber BROWN

Electoral Roll Clutha 1893 BROWN, Lawrence Faber, Clinton, farmer, residential
Electoral Roll - Rangitata 406 - BROWN, Lawrence Fabor, Halswell, farmer, freehold, house and land, Waihi Bush.

Death Notice Christchurch Press 4 Oct 1922
BROWN - At 196 Springfield Road, St Albans, Lawrence Faber BROWN late of Palmerston in his 75th year. (Born 1847). "Thy will be done O Lord." Dunedin papers please copy.
The funeral of the late Laurence Faber BROWN will leave his late residence 196 Springfield Road, St Albans on Thursday 5 Oct at 2pm for the Halswell Churchyard arriving at 2:35 pm. J. Lamb& Son.
Burial Register SMH 1 384 BROWN, Laurence Faber
Buried : 5 Oct 1922
Next of Kin : Son of late Rev. BROWN
Residence : 136 Springfield Rd, St Albans.
Age : 74  Sex : M
E.H. SHORE Headstone
Inscription St Marys, Halswell
Laurence F. BROWN, died 2 Oct 1922 aged 75. Also Marion F. BROWN born 28 Oct 1858, died 12 Oct 1929.

Timaru Herald, 15 August 1876, Page 4
LAND TRANSFER ACT NOTICES. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the several parcels of land herein after described will be brought under the provisions of "The Land Transfer Act, : 1870," unless caveat, be lodged, forbidding the same, in each case, on or before the 25th day of SEPTEMBER, 1876:—
2659. WILLIAM McNAIR, Rural Section 3150, District of Timaru. In occupation of applicant.
2733. HENRY JOHN LeCREN (by Frederic LeCren, his Attorney, and Julius Mendelson), Rural Section 3607, District of Timaru. In occupation of William Grace, William Bennet, Thomas Wadsworth, John Bull, and Joseph Warren.
Diagrams may be inspected at this Office. Dated this 11th Day of AUGUST, 1876, at the Lands Registry Office, Christchurch. EDWARD DENHAM, Deputy-District Land Registrar.

Timaru Herald, 12 September 1878, Page 3
John King and Co. THIS DAY, FREEHOLD PROPERTY IN PLEASANT VALLEY. NEAR GERALDINE. MESSRS JOHN KING AND CO. are instructed by the Mortgagees to Sell by Auction at their Sale Rooms, on THURSDAY, 12 September, 1878, Half-acre Land, with Buildings thereon, being put of Rural Section 3607, Pleasant Valley, occupied by Mr Joseph Warren. Sale at 2 o'clock sharp. Terms at Sale.

South Canterbury NZGenWeb


A little, lonely, green graveyard.
The old church tower its solemn guard,
The gate with naught but sunbeams barred.

While other sunbeams went and came,
Above the stone which waits the name,
His land must write with freedom's flame.

by Rose Kavanagh who died 1891