Ruth-Ann Anderson places rosemary on what were previously
unmarked graves at the Glenorchy Cemetery, while members of
the community watch. Photo by Christina McDonald.
When Vince Jones, of Glenorchy, noticed the indentations
of unmarked graves in Glenorchy Cemetery it prompted a mission
which continued for the next 10 years.
Fifteen graves in the cemetery were unmarked and as a result
of his research, which included around 40 hours spent at the
Queenstown District Court and countless hours researching
online, he has been able to put not just names to those
buried in the previously unmarked graves, but also some of
Those buried ranged in age from 2 days old to well into their
In some cases, more than 100 years had passed since the
deaths, members of the Queenstown and Glenorchy communities
were told on a blustery day in the cemetery, on Saturday.
Many of those buried were people who helped make life in
Glenorchy easier, from clearing trees for roads to helping
the village prosper. Occupations such as miner, bushman and
blacksmith can be seen on plaques on the new headstones now
marking the graves.
A sprig of rosemary was placed on each grave and Salvation
Army Major John Richards, from Kinloch, recognised the
importance of the village's ancestors and performed a
Some Queenstown Lakes District Council files pre-1906 were
destroyed in a fire, so court death records were utilised,
though Mr Jones also employed the internet which he said,
became more and more useful over the years, as new websites
The council endorsed the project, which was self-funded and
helped by Queenstown Signs, which designed and printed the
plaques, Aurum Survey Consultants, which provided a detailed
map of the cemetery and Jim and James Veint, who supplied the
Mr Jones' next project, which he and others are working on,
is to gather information on the people listed on the
Glenorchy War Memorial, to tell their story.
A power pole, located beside the war memorial, is to be moved
by Delta. Some of the information gathered will be on display
at the memorial when the project is completed.