Birch Hill Cemetery

Glentui, Canterbury, New Zealand

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http://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/services/cemeteries/cemetery-locations.aspx Now a public cemetery, Birch Hill Cemetery was once a private cemetery for the use of the family, friends and workers of Birch Hill Station, and remains a small cemetery tucked away in the hills off Birch Hill Road near Glentui, in North Canterbury. Edward Bowler Milton, and his wife Maude (nee Ford) had the current Birch Hill Station homestead built to a design by Samuel Hurst Seager, on of New Zealand's leading designers of large houses, after the original house owned by his father, sea captain William Newton Milton, burnt down. Edward's brother, J D Milton, also inherited land, on the Ashley Flats, and named his property 'Rakahuri'. In 1930, Edward Milton (now Lieutenant-Colonel), decided to honour the men and horses who had served in the Great War by commissioning and constructing a stone monument in the Birch Hill Cemetery. many of the 8th Regiment's (New Zealand Mounted Rifles) horses came from Birch Hill. Lieutenant-Colonel Milton and his wife had no children of their own. Their biggest contribution was the leaving of Birch Hill Station to the Sunlight League to be used as a home for children orphaned by World War Two. For many years the homestead was known as the Ford Milton Home, but it closed for good in 1985 and the house is now a private residence.
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