Burial register ID: 15154
First name: GEORGE
Middle names:
Gender: Male
Age: 82 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 24-Sep-1932
Date of burial: 28-Sep-1932

Block: 183
Plot: 34

In loving memory of Frederick

beloved son of George & Emily Lawrence

died June 24th 1893 aged 15 yrs

also their beloved son Arthur

died Nov 23rd 1907 aged 20 years.

“Till He Come”

In loving memory of Emily

Dearly loved wife of George Lawrence

died Jan 26th 1915 aged 63 yrs

also the above George Lawrence

died Sept 27th 1932 Aged 82 yrs.

“Till He Come”

also their beloved son William

died 15th Jan 1935 aged 60 yrs

also their beloved daughter Sarah Ann

died 20th Feb 1955 aged 77 yrs

[Monument is a square black granite column. Monumental mason Bingham & Co.]

Bio contributor: Contributed by GGG Murray Lawrence

George Lawrence (1850-1932)

George Lawrence was from Cuddington in Buckinghamshire, England. He lost his father at an early age and was put to work to help support the family. When he was sixteen he walked the 44 miles to London to seek work in the building trade and started work as a builder’s labourer. He eventually rose to a journeyman’s wages (ninepence an hour) and managed to scrape a living in and around London.

About this time there was considerable talk about the advantages offered to young people in New Zealand. In 1873 and at the age of 23, Lawrence, together with his wife and infant daughter, embarked on the ‘Surat’ from Gravesend. New Zealand was sighted on New Year’s Eve, 1873, but unfortunately their vessel ran aground off the mouth of the Catlin River. Local colonists assisted in the rescue of passengers and crew and the French naval vessel, ‘Vire’, transported the passengers to Port Chalmers on January 3rd.The immigrants were given temporary shelter in the Caversham barracks and Lawrence found work as a bricklayer at fifteen shillings a day.

Two years later George Lawrence managed to establish a business in King St, later taking in his adult sons as G. Lawrence & Sons Ltd.

During his long career, Lawrence erected many buildings in the Dunedin and Southland areas. He also spent time on many civic committees, eventually becoming mayor of the city in 1906. He was appointed Executive Commissioner for Otago in 1907 and was a Justice of the Peace for thirty years.

There are 8 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
ARMOUR ELIZABETH 51 Years 27-Jul-1896 29-Jul-1896
LAWRENCE ARTHUR H J 20 Years 25-Nov-1907 27-Nov-1907
LAWRENCE EMILY 63 Years 26-Jan-1915 28-Jan-1915
LAWRENCE FREDERICK H 15 Years 24-Jun-1893 26-Jun-1893
LAWRENCE GEORGE 82 Years 24-Sep-1932 28-Sep-1932
LAWRENCE RICHARD WILLIAM 60 Years 15-Jan-1935 17-Jan-1935
LAWRENCE SARAH ANN 77 Years 20-Feb-1955 22-Feb-1955
SINCOCK ETHEL MURIEL 10 Months 03-Nov-1895 05-Nov-1895