Burial register ID: 3553
Surname: CHAPMAN
First name: HENRY
Middle names: SAMUEL
Gender: Male
Age: 78 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 27-Dec-1881
Date of burial: 29-Dec-1881

Block: 110
Plot: 6

In Memory OF Henry Samuel Chapman

born 21 July 1803 died 27 December 1881.

A judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

and of his grandsons

Captain Martin Chapman M.B. Cambridge R.A.M.C. second son of

Mr Justice Frederick Revans Chapman and Clara Jane, his wife;

born 26 March, 1887. M.O. attached to Second Dragoon Guards Queen’s Bays killed in action second Battle of Ypres 13 May 1915.

Buried in the grounds of Chateau of Potilze, Belgium;

and Henry Alwyn Chapman, his eldest brother, born 24 July 1881

died on board S.S. Corinthian 30 October, 1916.

Buried at Sea in Bay of Biscay.

In Memory Of Catherine, wife of Henry Samuel Chapman

born 14 February, 1810,

and of their children Henry Brewer born 10th April, 1841,

Catherine Ann De Lancy, born 18th October, 1880.

Walter born 12 July, 1852

all of whom perished in the S.S. London which foundered in the Bay of Biscay, 11 January, 1886

In Memory Of Selina Frances Chapman,

second wife of Henry Samuel Chapman died 27 December, 1902

aged 80 years

[Monument is a tall brown marble obelisk surrounded by a wrought iron fence]

Bio contributor: Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust

Henry Samuel Chapman (1803-1881)

Henry Chapman was the first judge in New Zealand. He had been a banker in London and Amsterdam, then a merchant and journalist in Canada as well as a lawyer in London.

Chapman arrived in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife Catherine in 1843 and during the next nine years they produced a large family.

The family moved to Australia in 1852 and Chapman became involved with politics, law and journalism. They returned to Dunedin, New Zealand where Chapman became a judge.

The family bought a sheep run in the Maniototo in 1865 and in the following year Catherine and three of their children drowned in the Bay of Biscay. Two years later, Chapman married his second wife, Selina in Victoria.

Henry Chapman died in Dundas Street, Dunedin.

Henry Samuel Chapman
Source: Hocken Library, Uare Taoka o Hakena, University Otago, Dunedin sht208

There are 2 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
CHAPMAN HENRY SAMUEL 78 Years 27-Dec-1881 29-Dec-1881
CHAPMAN SELINA FRANCES 80 Years 28-Dec-1902 30-Dec-1902