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Ngaire Public Cemetery / Eltham Cemetary

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Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLVI, Issue 7915, 22 February 1904, page 2


The monthly meeting of the Hawera Country Council was held on Saturday afternoon. ... Letters were read from,
From the Town Clerk of Eltham, reminding the Council that the Ngaire Public Cemetery was situate at the corner of Rawhitiroa and Anderson's roads, in the Eltham riding and the Hawera county. "Control over the cemetery." the letter went on, "has just been vested in the Eltham Borough Council, but being the only cemetery between Kaponga, Waihi, and eastern boundary of your county, it is largely used for interment of dead from Eltham, Mangatoki, and portion of Hawera ridings. This being so, this Council is strongly of opinion that some fair share of the cost of maintenance should be borne by your Council. Cr, Dive, who understands the position, will be able supply all information required." _ Cr, Dive said it had been decided by the committee to determine the charge on a population basis...

The cemetary is now known as the Eltham Cemetary situated on the corner of Rawhitiroa and Anderson's Road Rawhitiroa. Separated into distinct areas one housing the Returned Servicemen, A general area with burials from circa 1902 to circa 1990, a memorial area for still born children or infants of a young age and what appears to be an older cemetery surrounded by hedge the oldest visible (and still able to read) headstone being one dated 1856. Most of the headstones in this area were in a bad state and only just decipherable. Is this possibly the "Early Rawhitiroa" cemetary? I took many photographs of headstones that were older and still able to be read. Some of the graves themselves were in very bad order.

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by anafred on 2014-03-10 04:33:06

The following names are of tombstones that i photographed whilst at the cemetary:

Florrie Campbell age 28
Sarah Revell
Joseph Bloomfield

If any person is researching these names I would be only too happy to post them on the website

by ngairedith on 2014-03-10 04:51:03

awesone Ann,
was wondering if you went down there today. Thought you would :)
This is good news and I think part of the cemetery is probably known as the Early Rawhitiroa cemetery.
Lots more than I thought. I would love to build a database, Hope the council gets back to me

by ngairedith on 2014-03-10 08:11:51

Hi Ann,
Just a note ...
Ngaere is a village situated on State Highway 3, 4km south of Stratford
The name "Ngaere" literally means "swamp" in English and before settlement, the area was covered by a vast and ancient wetland.

The name WAS spelt "Ngaire" but it was changed to its Maori spelling, Ngaere, in 1909. People who have been named Ngaere have had the name spelled Ngaire or Nyree. There are other variations, but the Maori spelling is "Ngaere"

by anafred on 2014-03-10 19:19:51


There is also some slip damage evident on the side of the cemetery facing Rawhitiroa Road. Had a look and there was evidence of headstones that had been broken and beyond the state of being able to read, plus my unwillingness to trudge down an unstable bank to see if any could be read. Would love to return out there someday and photograph as many of the pre 1930 headstones as possible. Let me know if this would be of any use to you (i think i may have caught a genealogy bug).

by anafred on 2014-03-10 20:20:50

Will add information direct off headstones my apologies for not doing so yesterday

In memory of Florrie the Beloved wife of R. H. CAMPBELL died 31 May 1902 aged 28 years

In loving memory of Sarah REVELL died 10 August 1902 aged 42 years
- inscription: The best of wives the grave encloses here, and also tender to her children dear; Great was or loss for her eternal gain but hope in Christ, that we shall meet again.

In memory of Joseph Edward BLOOMFIELD beloved son of Joseph & Elizabeth, accidentally kiled 29th March 1904, aged 29 years.

In loving memory of Florence Marie NORGATE died 28 July 1900 aged 10 years small daughter of Jabez & Lucy, sister of Percival & Harold. (double plot) Allan Harold NORGATE died 16 October 1991 aged 65 years, son of Harold & Annie, nephew of Florence, brother of Charlie, Peter & Rene.

(illegible) the beloved wive of John T. MABER who (illegible) Aug 2 1898 aged 22 years

In loving memory of John Peter MARX who departed this life 26th Feb 1898 aged (illegible looks like 74) years husband of Katherine interred at Lilydale, Tasmania
30 July 1887 aged 75 years.

In loving memory of Violet Mary & Myrtle Alice aged 5 years and 1 year Beloved daughters of Thomas & Caroline PARTRIDGE (no date on head stone)

In memory of Margret FL.E... (partly illegible) CHAPMAN wife of (possibly O.R or J.R) CHAPMAN who departed this life on May 13 1899 Aged 24 years. Illegible CHAPMAN Born May 7th (illegible) Died August 26th 1899 aged 37 months.

In loving memory of Fred dearly beloved husband of Nellie TAYLER a member of the 4th New Zealand Contingent who died at Eltham 29th May 1903 aged 33 years.
Inscription: Gone but not forgotten never shall his memory fade sweetest thoughts shall ever linger around the grave where he is laid.

Loving memory of Annie Bathurst O"KEEFFE who died 20th Sept 1903 Aged 13 months. You are not forgotten

In loving memory of George Casterton TURNER dearly beloved husband of Sarah TURNER borne Childe Okeford, Blanford, England. 10th October 1855 died 25th February 1933, Sarah beloved wife of George Casterton TURNER born New Castle 10th September 1858 died 16th October 1935. Albert Urius TURNER born Childe Okeford, Blanford. England 15th March 1857 died 27th Feb 1932. To live in hearts we leave behing is not to die.

In loving memory of Lois Alma BLOOR died 21st April 1939 Aged 3 days. Loved eldest daughter of Elvin and Ray

Flying officer J R M STEWART R.A.F died 28.12.1940 aged 26

by ngairedith on 2014-03-10 22:07:34

You're a gem Ann.
All these will be of GREAT use to me alright. I will get back to you later tonight re this...
Yes, you have the bug - its so addictive

by anafred on 2014-03-11 04:43:04

These were the ones i considered to be in the worst condition or just "grabbed" my attention. I loved the George Casterton TURNER one, a genealogists dream with birth place and date as well as d.o.d. I did not post last night as had "lost" the program on the computer i use for magnifying photographs - very useful in this case.

by ngairedith on 2014-03-11 04:56:14

Hi Ann,
Go to this site Eltham Old Lawn Cemetery

I thought 'we' could build up a database by adding names and info as found and you could upload your photos to go with them

If you want to add the above names and photos now that's fine. I will research them further and send you what I have and you can edit later (if you wish)

I did Joseph Edward Bloomfield last night which will give you an idea
If you haven't been there before it will take a few minutes to work it out and please note that the Districts/Towns/Countries etc are a drop-down menu only so you will see I could only choose Taranaki as Matapu or Rawhitiora of course is not on there :(

Have fun
will message you with what I find later

by lynda1 on 2014-03-11 23:39:57

I was told 'There is no cure for the "bug"

by anafred on 2014-03-12 01:26:45

lyda1 I'm looking forward to many years with this bug :) unlike the flu or a broken ankle to quote you 'There is no cure for "the bug". I'm well and truly caught in its devious but interesting web :).

by anafred on 2014-03-16 05:23:18


I am becoming convinced that the area that the BLOOMFIELD headstone is contained in is the (possibly)older resting place and maybe the records have been misplaced/destroyed somehow.I don't know the council have not been exactly helpful in this matter. Shall investigate if there has been any fires in council buildings in the past maybe the records have simply been 'lost'through such an event and that is why there is such a blank space here. I shall endeavor to keep preserving what I can. Now have all of this section (what is legible) recorded in my *Eltham Lawn Cemetary* book. I'm sure my children think i am slightly insane but I enjoy this new found hobby. It is a very peaceful place. Now back there with camera in hand over the next month or so :).

by anafred on 2014-03-16 05:24:54

re above sorry Ngairedith its 10.24 and time for old bones to be in bed.

by ngairedith on 2014-03-22 19:34:05

hi anafred,
Finally, after 9 days in the making!
burials at ELTHAM cemetery 1898 - 1939

I thought by making a database that the old section, known as the Rawhitiora cemetery, would become obvious. It doesn't. However, going by your information when you researched that cemetery, it does appear that most of the old burials and your photos of the headstones, are situated in the EGI section (Eltham General Interdenominational).

Lack of space meant that I keep each entry to one line as a basic database. However, there are some great stories to be told on these early Taranaki settlers/pioneers

by anafred on 2014-03-24 01:33:47

Ngairedith. Some day I declare i shall be as good as you with researching all this. This is amazing work and many people will be reunited with their loved ones because of you patient efforts. I will continue as time and life allows to photograph/decipher headstones and perhaps out of curiosity form some bios. Thank you so much for your work on this - it has been an incredible journey for me. From a humble hunt to an exploration of a cemetery and hopefully more to come.

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