Reconnect: Linwood Cemetery Tour

Photo of Linwood Cemetery entranceJoin local historian and librarian Richard Greenaway for a tour of Linwood Cemetery on Sunday 20 October from 10am to 12pm Richard will reveal some of the fascinating characters and stories associated with the cemetery. After the tour he will be available to answer questions.

Admission is a gold coin donation and no prior bookings are needed. Meet at the entrance off Butterfield Avenue (next door to Bromley Park on Buckleys Road). The tour is part of the Christchurch City Council/New Zealand Historic
Places Trust Reconnect Heritage experience.

If you can’t make this tour Richard is hosting another on  Saturday 2 November from 10 a.m.-12 noon. The tours are run on behalf of the Friends of Linwood Cemetery – a dedicated group of volunteers who organise working bees to maintain and care for headstones, gardens and paths. Their aim is to conserve the heritage of the Linwood Cemetery for future generations. Their website has lots of interesting information about the cemetery including ANZACs in Linwood Cemetery.

We also have lots of useful Linwood Cemetery information on our website. Join one of Richard’s tours – they are always lively and full of fascinating detail.

Women scientists in New Zealand

Today, 15 October, is Ada Lovelace Day. Its aim is “Celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths”.

Here is a set of images of New Zealand women in science, including this nice shot of Lucy Moore.

Lucy Beatrice Moore, botanist, looking at a plant specimen with a microscope. Negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1959/2018-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Cover of Flora of New ZealandBotanist and ecologist Lucy Moore is remembered especially for her botanical work on Flora of New Zealand (1961). She has a local connection – in 1960 she moved to Lincoln with the Botany Division. Volume Two of Flora of New Zealand was published in 1970, and was co-written with Elizabeth Edgar.

She received many awards and honours for her work. Lucy played her part in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury botanical societies and was known to be “unstintingly helpful to all who were interested in botany, and was especially good with children”.

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography encapsulates her work:

Lucy Moore was sometimes called ‘the mother of New Zealand botany’ and few botanists may ever again equal her range of expertise. She once recalled, ‘we were jacks, or jills, of many trades’. Much more than this, hers was a many-sided expertise, inspired by a vision, and practised with dedication.

For interesting reading on New Zealand women scientists, try:

There are some excellent biographies in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand including:

A modern science success story is Professor Christine Winterbourn. In 2011, she became the first woman to win the Rutherford Medal. Her citation read:

To Christine Coe Winterbourn for seminal discoveries in free radical biology, promotion of rigorous standards in research, and fostering excellent scientific education.

Her Rutherford Lecture in 2012 was: Life with Oxygen – a Battle against Free Radicals. Watch online or read it [425KB PDF].

Viva New Zealand women in science, one and all.