Cemetery committee seeks relatives of dead

Posted at 1:29pm Monday 14 Sep, 2020

Some graves at are in poor repair.
Some graves at are in poor repair.

The poor state of many of the graves in the All Saints Kaukapakapa Cemetery has prompted the cemetery committee to plan major repairs.

Organiser Megan Paterson says to begin with eight of the worst-affected graves will be repaired.

Broken headstones will be cleaned, drilled, pinned, rejoined and then refitted on to their existing bases.  

Ms Paterson says the committee hopes that families of the deceased will be willing to contribute to the cost.

“Finding descendants is a little challenging, not to mention a lesson in Kaukapakapa's past,” she says.

Following enquiries made on Facebook and in local newsletters, Ms Paterson has tracked down relatives of five of the grave occupants, but is still hoping to find family members of Violet Ellen Jones (died 1898), Ann Elizabeth McGuire (died 1936), and Frances, John and Agnes McLeod (died 1919, 1911 and 1884).    

Other graves planned for restoration are those belonging to Mary Hannah Mumford (died 1930s), Maria Cox (died 1912), Annie Drinnan (died 1917), Margaret Hooper (died 1935), and Ralph and Sarah Osbaldiston (died 1904, 1912).

Meanwhile, the NZ Remembrance Army has started cleaning and restoring 29 graves of veterans in the cemetery. The Army's mission is for every veteran grave to be maintained to the same standard as those of their fallen comrades overseas. 

Anyone with information should contact Ms Paterson on 021 959 017.


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