Monumental Inscriptions

St David’s Anglican Church,

Raincliff, South Canterbury, New Zealand
 

  1. In Loving Memory of
      EDWARD JAMES GOULD
    Died February 2nd 1932 aged 52
      also his beloved wife
      ETHEL MAUD
    Died July 9th 1954 aged 73
    also
      Pte. HENRY AUSTIN GOULD
    Died El Alamein July 8th 1942 aged 24
      also loved daughter
      ALICE MAUD
    Died 27th December 1982
    Aged 71 years

  2. With love we remember
    STANLEY COLIN GOULD
    Loved husband of the late
    WINIFRED IRENE
    11th February 1991 Aged 77

  3.  

  4. In Loving Memory of
    KEITH ALEXANDER GOULD
    Died May 11th 1970 
    Aged 60 years
    also Loved Brother
    NOEL
    Died April 7th 1972
    Aged 63 years

  5. At Rest 
    IVY DOROTHY HANNAM
    1907 – 1995

  6. Remembered with Love
    CHARLES ALBERT GOULD (of Arundel)
    15-8-1915 - 11-12-1996
    Husband of FAIRLIE

  7. In Loving Memory of
    GEOFFREY GORDAN RICH
    1889 – 1975
      SYBIL RICH
      1900 – 1994

  8. To the infant daughter of
      SYBIL & GEOFFREY RICH
      1935

  9. In Loving Memory of
      EDWARD
      Beloved husband of
      MARY ANN PARR
      Died Oct 28th 1952
      Aged 72 years
      Also
      His beloved wife
      MARY ANN PARR
      Died Nov 22nd 1924
      "I know that my redeemer liveth"

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  11. In Loving Memory of
      BEATRICE MAY BAXTER
      24-7-1913 - 2-10-1993
      Dearly loved wife of
      ALFRED ERNEST BAXTER
      of (Glengarth) Raincliff

  12. In Loving memory of
      JEAN RILEY
      nee PROVERBS
      Born 25th January 1936
      in South Elmsall, Yorkshire, Eng.
      Died 6th October 1989
      also her dog Florrie

  13.  

  14. In Loving memory of
      EMMA CHAPMAN 
    Died 4th Sept 1971 aged 65
      Sadly missed

  15. In Memory of
      C. AMY BARTRUM
      born Helmdon Rectory, Northamp, Eng
      Fell asleep March 24th 1907
      Aged 50
    "Her children rise up and call her blessed"
      Also of BENJAMIN P. BARTRUM
    Who died August 14th 1910
      Aged 55 years
      also
      CHARLOTTE AMY DOROTHY STOCKER
      Eldest daughter of
      BENJAMIN PACKER BARTRUM
      and CHARLOTTE AMY BARTRUM
      born 28th November 1883
      died 11th July 1971

    13. In Loving Memory Of
    BERNIE CHRISTEY
    31 -1 -1926 9 - 7 - 2003

    A Loved Husband
    Dad & Grandad

    Farmed in this district
    For 50 years

    At rest now on Mt. Gay


     14. With Love We Remember
    FAY STAFFORD SHEARS
    19th August 1925 - 24th June 2004
    Loved Wife of
    BENJAMIN JAMES SHEARS

    Treasured by children
    Karen & Phillip

    Loved by grandchildren
    Kendall, Klara, Daniel, Sarah & Alison

    Until then ..

    14 James Robert Fraser
    Lamb & Hayward
     

    Photograph, above, and transcription courtesy of Clive Callow
    Raincliff, NZ.
    December, 2000

    St. David's Church was built in 1907 on land given by Arthur Hope, then owner of Raincliff. Arthur Hope purchased RaincliffSt. David's Church at Raincliff is registered as category 2. Historic place of historical or cultural heritage significance or value. in 1903. He had married Frances Emily Tripp d/o Charles George Tripp. Their son Norman Hope (1883-1961) and daughter-in-law Esther spent a lifetime in the Mackenzie. Arthur had purchased Richmond Station in 1880 and sold it in 1897 and the family went to England returning in 1903. Part of the land was set aside for a graveyard and there was ample room for tying up horses and buggies etc. Previous to 1907 services during the 25 years before held were at Mt. Gay, in the School and at Hazelburn. The church cost about �344 and was consecrated by Bishop Julius. The Parish Vicar at the time was Rev. Hinson. Mr J.S. Turnbull was the architect. Golden jubilee was held 10 March 1957.  Regular service now ceased, 2000, and care and maintenance taken over by Anglican Youth Camp Board. There is one stained glass window in the church "Flowers", kowhai, white violet, and mountain daisy, created in 1968 commemorating Edward W. and Lucy A. Inman, the second couple married in the church. There is another St David's Church in the area, the one behind Cave. Old photo 10 March 1907.


    Otago Witness, 11 September 1907, Page 71
    A very fashionable wedding took place at Raincliff on August 20, when Miss Edith Hope, daughter of Mr and Mrs Arthur Hope, of Raincliff Station, and great-grand-daughter of the late Bishop Harper, was married to Mr Charles M. Ormsby, of South Canterbury, son of the late Mr Arthur Ormsby, of Timaru. The pretty little church had been beautifully decorated with lycopodium ferns and arum lilies by the employee's on the station. The ceremony was performed by the Ven. Archdeacon Harper, of Timaru, the bride's great-uncle, and the bride, who was given away by her father, wore a trained gown of rich ivory satin draped with old lace. The bridesmaids � Misses R. Hope, Geraldine Tripp, and little Misses Vera Hope and Hilda Pinckney � were frocked in white silk relieved with belts and sashes of gold-coloured satin; and their hats were of cream straw trimmed with ostrich tips and white roses. After the ceremony Mr and Mrs Hope held a large reception at Raincliff. Mrs Hope was wearing a beautiful gown of grey chiffon taffetas, with bonnet to match. Among the guests were Mrs and Miss Elworthy, Mr and Mrs Arthur Elworthy, Dr and Mrs Hislop, Mrs and Miss Tripp, Mr and Mrs Howard Tripp, Mr J. M. Tripp, Mrs Wigley, Mr and Mrs M. Harper, Mr and Miss Malingy Mrs and Miss Bradshaw, Mrs Arthur Turner, Mr and Mrs Carter, Mr and Mrs D. Macfarlane, Mr and Mrs Pygott, Dr and Mrs Burns, Misses Howel1, Wright, Scaly, Marchant, Dennistoun, Preston, Cornwall and Barklie. The bride's travelling gown was of brown tweed, and hat to match, with crimson roses.


    The Timaru Herald
    Thursday, 4 January 2007

    St David's Church, Raincliff, will be 100 years old in March and to mark the occasion the site is getting a new wall and plaque. "There was just a wire fence here," said retired builder Richard Earl, from Pleasant Point, who was working on the metre-high, 30-metre long construction yesterday. So far he has spent about three weeks piecing together rocks from nearby paddocks and rivers to form the boulder barrier. Another week's work would see it finished, he reckoned. While the riverbed rocks were clean and weathered, those from the stone-picking piles in the paddocks had to be scrubbed by volunteers to keep the wall's appearance consistent. Two donated gates, one for pedestrian access, and one for vehicle access, will be hung, and a brass plate fitted prior to an unveiling ceremony planned for mid-March. Fund-raising events had helped pay for materials, including concrete footings and steel reinforcing rods, said Cliff Robinson, treasurer of the Raincliff Trust which leases the church. "It was built in 1907 and was opened in March of that year. (The wall) is to celebrate 100 years of the church's involvement in the district. The local community decided a stone fence would be a very appropriate way to mark the occasion and make a tribute to the settlers of the area," he said. In order to help with the church's history, Mr Robinson said the trust would like to hear from anyone who, or whose family, had been associated with St Davids over the past century.


    Parr, Edward J. The Raincliff Story : being a review of Raincliff Station, its several owners, partition in 1901, and subsequent owners to 2000 / by Edward J. Parr, David G.R. Reynolds. 2000.  417pp  Contains two pages on St David's with a photo taken soon after completion 1907 and covers details of construction and donated items and a devoted to the marriage licences of the people who are mentioned in the above book. The furnishings of the Church are almost all given in memory of former parishioners. Mr Aurelius Purnell donated the fine plate and brass eagle lectern in memory of his wife who had died as a young woman at Raincliff Station.  Purnells had purchased Raincliff from Burke. 

    Florence Carter and Olwyn Oliver "St David's Church - Raincliff Parish of Te Ngawai 1907 - 1987 " held in archive of the Diocesan Board, Christchurch."

    St David's Church, Raincliff, 1907-2007 / Florence Carter & Clive Callow. Author: Carter, Florence, Callow, Clive, Oliver, O. P. (Olwyn Pearl), (1926- 30 April 2013)
    Edition: Reprint. Imprint: [Timaru, NZ]: The Centennial Committee, [2007] Notes: Original publication edited by O.P. Oliver. Contents: St David's Church, Raincliff 1987-2007 ; Monumental inscriptions, St David's churchyard ; Extracts for the Raincliff [St David's] Church, register of services 1883-1986 ; Extracts from the Raincliff Ladies' Guild minute books 1954-1998 ; Available baptism, marriage, burial registers 1907-2007 and Centenary celebration coverage. Timaru Public Library has a copy.

    My Darling Wife letters from North Africa & Italy 1942-1945 - Clive Callow (2007)

    Wanganui Chronicle, 15 August 1910, Page 4
    The funeral will leave deceased's late residence on Tuesday, 13th inst., at 2.15 arriving at Wanganui Bridge at 2.30 for General Cemetery. Purser and Son, Undertakers.
    BARTRUM.�On the 14th inst., at the Wanganui Hospital, Benjamin Packer Bartrum of Canterbury, aged 56 years. Purser and Sons, Undertakers.

    Otago Daily Times 4 April 1899, Page 5
    A fatal drowning accident happened at Cooper's Creek near Geraldine on Wednesday afternoon. The creek was m heavy flood, when an infant sob of Mr B. P. Bartrum, of Creek Station, was missed for a moment from the house. After a search of two hours the body was found about a mile down the creek. An inquest was held on Thursday evening when the jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.
        Mr Stericker informs' us that his rain gauge registered 4.89 inches of rain during March, falling on 12 days. This is 2.65 inches over the average for the month. Last year 1.35 inches fell in March. A couple of months without rain would now be a boon to farmers, as the cultivated land is like a swamp, and very soft for the threshing machines to get over.
     

    2007

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