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Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand

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Bromley Cemetery opened in 1918 because there was a need for burial places for the great number of victims of the influenza epidemic who perished in the last months of that year. It covers approximately 10 hectares to the east of the city centre. Although it is approaching capacity, it is still open for burials in pre-purchased plots and second interments only. The cemetery is located on ancient sand dunes which are still partly visible along Keighley's Road.

The cemetery is a typical traditional monumental cemetery and is laid out in a highly regimented north-south orientation allowing graves to face east or west. Narrow mown grass paths bisect the graves breaking the 'mass' of headstones and grave coverings into smaller rectangular 'blocks'. Tree planting is largely confined to the edges of the cemetery and along the main vehicle drive. The majority of monuments tend to be lower and more conservative than other cemeteries, providing a more orderly appearance which is accentuated by the uniformity of Services section. There are many Returned and Services Association (RSA) graves, predominantly Great War veterans. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has records of 109 burials at Bromley, 15 from World War I and 94 from World War II. Also found here is a memorial for stillborn children and one of the few mausoleums in Christchurch. Source: Christchurch City Council.

Location: 439 Linwood Avenue (Entrance off Linwood Avenue, corner Keighleys Road and Linwood Avenue), Bromley, Christchurch 8062

Notable Burials:

  • John Beanland (1866–1943), 36th Mayor of Christchurch
  • Annette Clifford (1881–1968), Christchurch property owner and landlord
  • Ted Howard (1868–1939), Labour Party MP
  • Mabel Howard (1894–1972), Labour Party MP
  • Arthur Rhodes (1859–1922), member of parliament and 24th Mayor of Christchurch
  • William Trethewey (1892–1956), sculptor and monumental mason