Information tour at old cemetery a hit, plans for further sessions

The crowd at Sunday's gathering. Picture supplied

HISTORIC Places Tairawhiti’s first guided tour of Makaraka Cemetery attracted a crowd of about 90 people on Sunday.

“We plan to hold more tours featuring other headstones and memorials in future”, said tour co-organiser Sheridan Gundry said.

The tour included an overview of the cemetery, its history, closure, the clearance of two thirds of the cemetery in the early 1970s and the 1982 burial of 88 headstones of historic or masonry value intended for later retrieval.

“The families represented in the commentary were Thomas U’Ren; John, Edward and Henry Harris; William and Elizabeth Tarr, Hannah Walsh, Craill, Martin, Malone, Thomas Chrisp, Matilda Keys and Eliza Fox, Dr Alfred Heale and Edward Burch.”

As the first main public cemetery, Makaraka is home to most of the area’s European pioneers and many local Maori families.

It also contains three memorials to those killed in the 1868 Te Kooti raid and the 1897 Tasmania shipwreck, and to some of those who died in the Waerenga-a-Hika siege.

HISTORIC Places Tairawhiti’s first guided tour of Makaraka Cemetery attracted a crowd of about 90 people on Sunday.

“We plan to hold more tours featuring other headstones and memorials in future”, said tour co-organiser Sheridan Gundry said.

The tour included an overview of the cemetery, its history, closure, the clearance of two thirds of the cemetery in the early 1970s and the 1982 burial of 88 headstones of historic or masonry value intended for later retrieval.

“The families represented in the commentary were Thomas U’Ren; John, Edward and Henry Harris; William and Elizabeth Tarr, Hannah Walsh, Craill, Martin, Malone, Thomas Chrisp, Matilda Keys and Eliza Fox, Dr Alfred Heale and Edward Burch.”

As the first main public cemetery, Makaraka is home to most of the area’s European pioneers and many local Maori families.

It also contains three memorials to those killed in the 1868 Te Kooti raid and the 1897 Tasmania shipwreck, and to some of those who died in the Waerenga-a-Hika siege.

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