Stonemasons Wei Liu (left) and Marcus Wainwright clean up the new spire and cross installed by crane in Dunedin's Southern Cemetery. Photo by Linda Robertson.
It took two German journeymen more than 200 hours to
replicate, but a special spire and cross has been put in
rightful place in Dunedin's Southern Cemetery.
The 2.5m-tall spire topped with a cross in Oamaru stone has
been winched into place on the original base at the grave of
William Hunter Reynolds, a politician and businessman who
died in 1899.
The original spire and cross had been smashed and could not
Stonemason Marcus Wainwright said they were so busy it was
only when two travelling German stonemasons on their
journeymen's trip arrived, who had the skills for the work,
that the cross and spire were carved.
They had a photograph taken in the 1970s and some basic
designs, but little detailed design information on the
monument to work from, he said.
The monument now needed to be pointed and sealed.
The work was funded by the Historic Cemeteries Conservation
Trust of New Zealand through charity grants, spokesman
Stewart Harvey said.
It was part of the trust's ongoing work conserving headstones