Left Iron Graphic
Northern Cemetery Title

Dunedin's Buried History

Right Iron Graphic
Images of the Northern Cemetery (C) Derek Smith 2003

Northern Cemetery Home Page Search the Northern Cemetery Database History about the Northern Cemetery Cemetery Hours and Location Useful Genealogical and Dunedin Websites Northern Cemetery Contacts


Frances Catherine Sharp, Sister Geraldine of the Sisters of the Church (1861-1908)

Sister Geraldine arrived in Dunedin in 1895 and was the first headmistress of St Hilda’s until her death in 1908. Born on March 12, 1861, at Clayworth, Nottingham, England, she was the daughter of Mary Anne Sharpe and William Sharpe, a schoolmaster. She was baptised Frances Catherine Sharpe, and at the age of 31 she joined the Sisters of the Church. During her time in Dunedin she always spoke of her “dear girls.” She was a gentle woman with a sweet kindly nature which made her a friend to all. Her lively interest in everything around her and her desire to do the best for the school and everyone in it was obvious to all. However, her health was poor and she died suddenly on July 8, 1908 at the age of 47. Her death was a tremendous shock to everyone. Her funeral was held in the school chapel and was attended by girls, parents, friends and the clergy. She was buried in the Northern Cemetery and the Old Girls and staff donated the headstone. Sister Geraldine was greatly missed. She had taught divinity throughout the school and the girls always said that her lessons helped and guided them in their life after school.

Gillian Townsley, from “A Venture of Faith: The Story of St Hilda’s Collegiate School 1896-1996” by Judy Mason.

Monumental Inscription

on the main monument:-



BEATI MUNDO CORDE (Blessed are the pure in heart)

on gravesite border to the left of the monument:-

JULY 8th 1908
AGED 47.

Home | Search | History | Details | Links | Contacts

Southern Heritage Trust Logo

©2003 Southern Heritage Trust
Please read this site's disclaimer here