Ngaire Public Cemetery / Eltham Cemetary
Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLVI, Issue 7915, 22 February 1904, page 2
HAWERA COUNTY COUNCIL
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.