Miner’s relatives ‘gutted’ by theft
A case of a missing headstone from the Cromwell Cemetery has gone cold and police are calling for help to find it. The headstone of George Paul, a gold miner in Central Otago in the 1800s, was last believed to have last been seen in 2010 after it was erected by his relative, Helen DeLilla. Mrs DeLilla tracked down Mr Paul, her great-great-grandfather’s brother, after becoming involved in genealogy. On discovering he was buried in an unmarked grave in Cromwell, she paid $500 for a granite headstone to be put at the cemetery in 2009 but it has since been stolen. Mr Paul was born in Scotland in 1820 and became a successful miner in New Zealand before he died in July 1891 at age 70. He was one of the oldest people living in the Nevis at his death. ‘‘He must have been a good miner because he left 1500
The headstone of Nevis miner George Paul, who died in 1891, which has gone missing from the Cromwell Cemetery. pounds in the Bank of New Zealand to his brother,’’ Mrs DeLilla said. Mrs DeLilla and her husband shifted to Alexandra earlier this year because of the Christchurch earthquakes and to be closer to the site. They were gutted to find the headstone was gone. ’’It’s bizarre. It’s a huge piece of granite. I just want to know where it is,’’ she said. It was believed other headstones had also gone missing. Anyone with information about the headstone was urged to contact Cromwell police.
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