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Napier Old Cemetery, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand

Location Information

This cemetery is located on Hospital Hill, Napier.

Historical Information

Many figures significant to early Napier and Hawke's Bay's history are here. William Colenso, the noted missionary, printer and botanist, who landed at Waitangi, south of Napier, with his wife Elizabeth and young daughter Frances in 1844, is buried on the right near the gates. Close by are the graves of William Williams, first Bishop of Waiapu, and his son and grandson - also Bishops of Waiapu.

Further along on the right, a handsome celtic cross marks the grave of Sir Donald McLean, KCMG - the first government land purchasing agent. In the 1850s, he purchased much of the land around Napier for European settlement.

There are 5 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 1 of the 1939-1945 war here.