Harry Escott, M.P.
Although he had been farming in Woodville prior to entering parliament, his remains were interred at Karori Cemetery, in Plot 57N in the second Public section. His sister Harriet (Hetty) RUSSELL, who had died on 8th June 1911, was already in Plot 57N. Hetty was “the beloved wife of George RUSSELL” who owned Palmer’s Café at 168 Lambton Quay, almost opposite Stout Street. The headstone is very decorative, with a pretty wee angel standing guard, mounted on an elaborately draped and decorated rectangular column. There's a slightly alarming cavity under the structure but that's not unusual in Karori Cemetery.
Harry’s plaque has now been returned to its rightful place, resting at the foot of the headstone in the grave of his sister and nephew. And thanks to that wonderful online facility PapersPast it was quick and easy to get some facts together and sort out why Harry's plaque should be with Hetty Russell's grave.
The only mystery now, which I will never solve, is how and why the plaque got moved onto someone else's family plot.