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"Love me please mother..."

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"Love me please mother..."
Originally uploaded by SandyEm
Taken at Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch April 26 2009

The epitaph is so sad :-|

Ad perpetuam rei memoriam - 1, W Cook - Basketmaker of Christchurch

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W Cook, basket maker, Christchurch, ca1907*
Staff of William Cook, basket maker, 9 Stafford Street, Christchurch. The men are standing outside their workshop supported by their products. Behind them are large hampers with GPO stencilled on them. There are also a variety of cane chairs. Note also the chairs hanging on the ceiling on the inside of the building.
I love this photo. People going about their work in early Christchurch.

I found some advertisements relating to this business. 1 is for a "smart boy about 15" in 1901 http://tinyurl.com/smart-boy-about-15 2 is for "four youths" in 1902 http://tinyurl.com/4-youths 3 is for "2 smart boys" in 1905 http://tinyurl.com/staff-advertisement
Interestingly enough, these advertisements state to apply to 224 Tuam Street so the business had maybe shifted from Tuam to Stafford Street in the 2-6 years from the advertisements until the photo was taken above in 1907. Other advertisements relating to the Tuam Street addre…

Suspicious fire damages church where my parents married :-(

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Ohhh no this is terrible :-(
St Pauls, Cnr Cashel and Madras Street, Christchurch.

The beautiful $800,000 organ is ruined.

A news item including video of the damage

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/2721692/Fire-at-St-Pauls-Trinity-church/


A still from a family video of St Paul's [to the left with columns] on the day of my parents marriage1959

On October 17th 2009 it will be 50 years since my parents married here.

It had just received funding for future strengthening work.
http://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?l=1&t=97&id=38616


Tragic.

Update on the church:
22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake obliterated the church.  It was under repair from the 4 September 2010 quake at the time.
http://tinyurl.com/9stze6t