Katherine Blanch Daveney

Lady Katherine

Typhoid claims a victim

Katharine Blanch Daveney's distinctive church-shaped grave in the Anglican section lies at the corner of the Hobson’s Walk, where the paths turns down into the glade.

She died of typhoid, aged 28 on about 1 May 1874.

Her ancestor Dr Roslyn De Avene, provided these family notes:

“My great-grandmother died of typhoid fever at the age of 28 years. Also, herself, her husband Captain Burton John Daveney (of the military) and two little sons were on a shipwreck off the NZ coast in 1868 and my grandfather was born the following year in 1869.

“Katharine in fact, was an aristocrat by birth, but her life followed no even course - Lady Katharine Blanch Springett....leaving family in England, to get stranded on a shipwreck (they lost everything in the shipwreck).... then dying at a young age of fever…

“She was blessed to have a lovely grave, a Selwyn Church design grave, no doubt a very expensive grave in those days, and it has stood the test of time.

“Newspaper records show that the Naval Captain and his crew off the HMS Blanch attended her burial at the cemetery."

About typhoid in New Zealand

Typhoid was one of the most common diseases of 19th-century New Zealand. It is transmitted by water, milk or food contaminated by the faeces of an infected person. It is caused by the bacterium Salmonella enterica typhi, which produces symptoms of high fever, sweating, diarrhoea, headache and cough.

  • <p>Katherine Daveney's distinctive memorial in the Anglican section of the cemetery.</p>

Aerial photo location

Where is the grave?

A church-shaped grave at the corner of Bishop Selwyn's path, where the track turns down into the gully, close to the motorway. Site 3 in Bishop Selwyn's Path Trail Guide.