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Napier Old Cemetery, New Zealand

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  • Ann Dowsett (1842 - 1897)
    Died with the last name Springgay so this profile should be updated? Also, first name on official records is Annie.
  • Stephen Freeman (1831 - 1922)
    Mr Stephen Freeman, who died at Napier, aged 91 years, was an old and respected resident of that district He was born in London, and left England in 1855, arriving in Wellington and afterwards proceedi...
  • Elizabeth Ann Durrant (1857 - 1936)
  • Robert Rowland Durrant (1846 - 1908)
  • Rt Rev. William Williams, Bishop of Waiapu (1800 - 1878)
    William Williams was born at Plumptre House, Nottingham, England, on 18 July 1800, the ninth and youngest child of Mary Marsh and her husband, Thomas Williams. He was baptised on 30 October 1800. His f...

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.