Grave of early Indian settlers

16 October 2020

Grave of early Indian settlers

16 October 2020

"The headstone marking the graves of Wuzerah and Kulloo in Sydenham Cemetery. Both were from India and worked for John Cracroft Wilson at his estate in Cashmere. Mahomet Wuzerah arrived in Lyttelton with his wife, Mindia, in 1854 onboard the Akbar. He was a Muslim and was possibly of Pashtun (Afghan) descent. After the death of Cracroft Wilson in 1881, Wuzerah and his son settled on a section of land at the corner of Cashmere Road and Valley Road which had been bequeathed to them. Wuzerah died on 30 April 1902. Kulloo also arrived from India with Cracroft Wilson onboard the Akbar. He claimed to have previously worked as a hangman in India. He died on 21 August 1902. The original headstone was damaged by vandals but was restored in 1985 by the Cracroft Community Centre. This grave is an important part of Christchurch's history as it demonstrates that Indians and Muslims are not recent immigrants but instead contributed to the early settlement and establishment of Christchurch." - Contributor's note

Creator: Simon Daisley

Area: South / Somerfield

Contributor: Simon Daisley

Source: Entry in the 2020 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt

Reference ID: CCL-PH20-DW-125091

Uploaded by: Daisleys

Copyright status: In copyright

Reuse license: Contact me

This material has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. Please contact Christchurch City Libraries if you have any questions relating to the use of this material. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Comments

Add a comment
Thank you. Your comment has been saved and queued for moderation.

Report this entry

Please enter your details and we'll contact you for more information.

Thank you for your report

More from the same area

Decorated Bikes

1962

Bruce, Andrew, Anne and Margaret decorated their bikes for a ...

Backyard at 56 Stanbury Ave, Spreydon

Circa 1965

Maria Rohs, Anthony Bone, Christine Whitlow, Annette Bone, Karen ...

National Hotrod Show at Pioneer Stadium, Somerfield

3 January 1987

Interior of Pioneer Stadium with classic cars and motorcycles ...

The Malthouse Canterbury Children's Theatre & Malthouse Costumes

29 July 2018

Exterior of The Malthouse Canterbury Children's Theatre & ...

More FM Hot air balloon

1990s

A More FM hot air balloon over houses and parkland in Somerfield ...

Police and a Springbok rugby tour protestor

11 July 1981

Police in a scuffle with an anti-springbok tour demonstrator ...

Don Grundy and Betty Shalders

1920s

Don Grundy and Betty Shalders at the back door of 48 Milton ...

Rex Doughty judging the Barrabands at the National Cage Show

28 July 1990

Rex Doughty of New Plymouth judging Barraband birds, a type of ...

More FM Hot air balloon

1990s

A More FM hot air balloon over houses, taken at an intersection ...

Robert Muldoon with Springbok rugby tour protesters

13 July 1981

Protesters against the Springbok rugby tour clashing with the ...

Map of the Springbok tour protest route

15 August 1981

Hand-drawn map of the route taken by protesters against the ...

Cashmere High School Cadet Corps

2 May 1963

The Cashmere High School cadet corps form a guard of honour in ...

Cashmere High School students

16 June 1987

Students at Cashmere High School.

Cashmere High School Jazz band

28 April 1984

The Cashmere High School Big band which competed at the national ...

Cashmere High School dance marathon

15 September 1973

Cashmere High School pupils taking part in a dance marathon.

The Malthouse Canterbury Children's Theatre & Malthouse Costumes

2018

Exterior of The Malthouse Canterbury Children's Theatre & ...

Water pumping station, Colombo Street

19 August 1946

Exterior of a water pumping station at 54 Colombo Street.

Water pumping station, Colombo Street

8 December 1961

Interior of the water pumping station at 54 Colombo Street. Mr L ...

Installation at the water pumping station, Colombo Street

21 April 1966

Construction workers installing a 15in diameter screen into the ...

Installation at the water pumping station, Colombo Street

28 October 1941

Construction workers installing concrete block foundations ...

Water pumping station, Colombo Street

4 May 1985

Exterior of a former water pumping station at 54 Colombo Street.

Waterworks shift engineer Mr J. Taylor

15 December 1979

Interior of the water pumping station at 54 Colombo Street with ...

Angela Malloch models ski sportswear

1 October 1988

Angela Malloch from Pieters Model Agency, modelling ski ...

Search/Browse the collection