Burial register ID: 15612
Surname: EASTON
First name: JOHN
Middle names: CAMPBELL
Gender: Male
Age: 70 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 14-Jul-1936
Date of burial: 16-Jul-1936

Block: 108
Plot: 3A

Bio contributor: David Murray

John Campbell Easton 1866 – 1936

John Campbell Easton was among the most widely published composers of early Dunedin. He was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1866, the son of an iron miner. He arrived in New Zealand in 1882, while still in his teens, and studied music under Alfred Sims and A.J. Barth. By 1893 Easton was a teacher himself, and he later had a studio in the Regent Chambers in the Octagon. He was pianist to the Dunedin Liedertafel (now the Royal Dunedin Male Choir) and a vice president of the Otago Society of Musicians. He was also a prominent freemason and organist to his lodge (Otago No. 7). He was said to be of a ‘retiring, unassuming disposition’. Easton’s compositions appeared from the 1890s through to the 1930s and included many piano works, as well as songs and a choral anthem sung in many Dunedin churches. One series of piano sketches was entitled In a New Zealand Forest. Easton’s works were published here in Dunedin, as well as in Australia, London, and the United States. He died at his home in Elm Row in 1936, at the age of 70, survived by a widow and one daughter.

There are 6 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
EASTON JOHN CAMPBELL 70 Years 14-Jul-1936 16-Jul-1936
WHITTAKER EMILY 71 Years 18-Jun-1926 20-Jun-1926
WHITTAKER EMILY MAY 69 Years 21-Jan-1951 24-Jan-1951
WHITTAKER HENRY 75 Years 02-Jul-1916 04-Jul-1916
WHITTAKER HENRY VICTOR 4 Months 07-Feb-1886 09-Feb-1886
WHITTAKER JOHN 72 Years 01-Jul-1891 03-Jul-1891