Monday, October 1, 2007

Founders of the City ... #130

Lipman LEVY died in 1880. In addition to importing boots, Lipman was one of the earliest members of the Wellington Philosophical Society. he was also involved in Wellington's gold rush of the 1860s, opening a mine called "Erin Go Bragh" at South Makara (1869-1871). During a hard currancy shortage, he minted coins that bore this Irish phrase. Two streets on Mt Victoria, Lipman St and Levy St, mark the site of his large house and garden.

Erin Go Bragh (also commonly seen: Erin Go Braugh) is the Anglicization of a Gaelic phrase used to express allegiance to Ireland. It is most often translated as "Ireland Forever".

For more information on jewish history in Wellington and for some key facts about the Bolton St Cemetery refer to map of significant sites

Bolton Street Memorial Park in central Wellington, New Zealand, contains the city's original burial ground commonly known previously as Bolton Street Cemetery. It commemorates many early pioneers and important historical figures from the 19th Century. The Friends of Bolton Street Memorial Park is a voluntary society which works closely with the Wellington City Council to preserve, protect and develop the heritage aspects of this cemetery park. Bolton Street Memorial Park, newly named in 1978, is an excellent example of a colonial cemetery, using imported and local stone, iron and wood. Its iron memorials, wooden tablets, picket fences and wrought iron surrounds are particularly significant and comparatively rare in New Zealand.

The Chapel information centre on Bolton Street, open from 10 am to 4 pm daily (see Location Map), contains exhibits and has a full burial list of the 8,679 people interred in the cemetery. Situated alongside is the Sexton's Cottage (not open to the public) which is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Wellington.
It is a peaceful sanctuary of cultivated and forested open space. Over 1,300 carved and worn monuments are distributed throughout the Park that straddles the motorway. A nationally important collection of heritage roses, some dating from the colonial era, inter-twine with other early plantings amongst picket fences and wrought iron surrounds. Walkways offer a unique stroll between the city centre and the formal Rose Garden of the Botanic Gardens. Memorial Trail pamphlets at each entrance enable visitors to learn of the notable people who are remembered within the Park. If you in Wellington it is well worth a quiet wander.

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Kate said...

Thanks for all the good information and links!

Denton said...

I like how you posted an inset photo. Also, your post was very informative.

Sally said...

Good post going for the history angle.

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Steve Cuddihy said...

Great write up and the photo is outstanding.

JaamZIN said...

its a great description and photo..thank you for sharing. I know only very few about the history of New Zealand (Maori and thats all..) so I am thankful for any information you share with me on this great blog:)

R&R said...

Interesting history.

Olivier said...

merci pour cette histoire tres intéressante

thank you for this very interesting history

Sasha said...

Beautiful shot!


Unknown said...

Great photo and story, my grandpa used to always walk around saying "Erin go Braugh".

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Neva said...

AN interesting little fence around this....very nice.

Lynette said...

All of this is interesting, the grave, the fence, the facts. Thank you.

Susan said...

I also posted a town founders gravestone. Great minds think alike!
Nice photo.