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Yesterday afternoon, his Worship the Mayor and Councillors Bowman, Brice and Crooks, the Cemetery Committee, visited the new cemetery, in order to inspect the grounds and see what progress had. been made in levelling and laying them out. The eighteen acres of the Council's reserves which have been set apart for this purpose have been enclosed by a neat post and cap-rail and fence, with barbed wire below the rails. About ten acres have been levelled and laid down in grass, and men are at work putting the remainder in order. A neat cottage has been built for the sexton, who now occupies it, and in the centre of the cemetery stands a small kiosk for the use of mourners or visitors. The land is well adapted for the purposes of interment as it stands high and dry, and when the Wellingtonias, Pinus insignis, and other trees which have been planted, grow up the new cemetery will be a notable feature in the district. The gentle undulations of the ground that will remain after the hillocks have all been levelled will serve to break the monotony of the landscape. A belt of macrocarpas has been planted all round the cemetery a few feet from the fence. The work of laying out the grounds has been admirably carried out under the supervision of Mr Drewett, Assistant-Sur-veyor to the Council. Should it at [any time be necessary to extend the cemetery there are two other reserves of 10 and 28 acres respectively which could be utilised for the purpose. In order to secure easy means of access a tramway is required, and for this it is to be hoped the City Council will shortly be able to make arrangements. Especially will this be necessary, in view of the fact that a Government Gazette of Oct. 2 has proclaimed that the Christchurch cemeteries are to be closed on and after March 31 next. It may serve as a guide to persons wishing to visit the new cemetery to know that they can easily find it by following the telephone wire poles along Worcester street East and beyond the belt to the grounds.

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THE NEW CEMETERY., Star, Issue 5130, 11 October 1884

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THE NEW CEMETERY. Star, Issue 5130, 11 October 1884