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Burke Family


16th – 18th February 2024 Christchurch

A gathering of descendants of Martin Burke and Ann Philp to commemorate the 160th anniversary of their arrival in New Zealand

Ann and Martin Burke with their daughter Annie.

Ann and Martin Burke with their daughter Mary.
[Photocopy provided by Margaret Riordan, from Colleen Burton. Whereabouts of original photo unknown.]

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Burke Family Gathering!

We’ve posted photos and videos of the weekend in the Gallery section – email Maggie if you need the password.


Michael Gaffaney

Waikanae, NZ


Maggie Gaffney

Wellington, NZ


Margaret Riordan

Palmerston North, NZ

Check out the family tree

Find your parents or grandparents in the tree to see how you are connected to Martin Burke and Ann Philp

Martin Burke and Ann Philp family card, showing their parents and children
Lyttelton Harbour from above the Town - watercolour by Frederick Aloysius Weld

Martin Burke and Ann Philp, along with their 15 month old daughter Mary, arrived in Lyttelton Harbour aboard the Mermaid on 16th February 1864.

Lyttelton Harbour from above the town – watercolour by Frederick Aloysius Weld [Canterbury Museum 19xx.2.1243]

Bealey Quarter, Christchurch

The Venue

Bealey Quarter

Bealey Avenue
Christchurch Central
Christchurch 8013

Bar at Bealey Quarter


Informal gathering at the Bealey for a drink and/or dinner.

We’ll have a table booked for around 6.30pm under the name of “Burke Family”.

Friday 16th February

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Martin Burke's gravesite in Sydenham Cemetery

Martin Burke

Visit to Sydenham Cemetery to view Martin Burke’s grave with the newly installed memorial plaque.

How to find Martin Burke’s grave at Sydenham Cemetery [PDF 467KB]

Saturday 17th February

10.30 a.m.

Overlooking Lyttelton from the Bridle Path


Gondola ride, lunch at the summit, then walk down part of the Bridle Path, or follow in Martin and Ann’s footsteps and walk the Bridle Path up from Lyttelton? Perhaps a short harbour cruise?

Bridle Path – Christchurch City Council

Quail Island – Black Cat Cruises

Saturday 17th February


Agnes Burke and family

Family photos

Pre-dinner gathering at The Bealey for drinks and photographs, with photographer David Bell.

Family tree, photos and memorabilia on display.

Saturday 17th February

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Yummy food


Dinner at The Bealey, with short presentations during the evening on the Burke family in Ireland and Scotland, and of the Burke, Riordan and Burton branches.

A little music and dancing to finish?

Saturday 17th February

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Christchurch


For those spiritually inclined, at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Manchester Street (650 metres, around 10 minute walk or 4 minute drive from The Bealey).

Sunday 18th February

9:30 am

Pancakes with syrup


Informal gathering

Sunday 18th February


Darfield Cemetery


Visit to Darfield churchyard? View the final resting places of Ann Philp, John Burke, Mary (Burke) Riordan and Patrick Riordan.

Directions to Darfield and Charing Cross [PDF 3.6MB]

Sunday 18th February