Isabella Watson

A real child; not a generic angel

Symonds Street Cemetery has very few statues as headstones.

Isabella Watson was only four years old when she died on July 27, 1876 probably from one of the infectious diseases that plagued children at the time – cholera, diphtheria, influenza, measles.

The headstone is remarkable in the Symonds Street Cemetery, being the only one remaining that is topped by a statue, which is obviously a portrait of the child Isa – not the generic angel that is sometimes seen on children’s graves.

There may have been other portrait statues in the sections of the cemetery now lost to the motorways.

Aerial photo location

Where is the grave?

Isabella's grave is on the edge of the paved path that leads from the Jewish section, to the entrance of the Presbyterian section on Symonds Street. Site 8 in the Rose Walk Trail Guide.