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Tauranga Mission Cemetery | Ōtamataha Pā, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand

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We will never know the name of everyone buried in this cemetery as official records have either been lost or were never kept. The information on this page is part of an ongoing project by historian Debbie McCauley and is from her website at this link:

This northern point of the Te Papa peninsula was once the site of Ngāti Tapu's busy Ōtamataha Pā. In 1828, a raid by Ngāti Maru from the Thames district led to the death of most of the inhabitants, and the abandonment of the pā. Bones dating from this time are still sometimes found when erosion of the cliffs occurs.

When the nearby Mission Station was established in 1835, this tapu (sacred) area was chosen by the missionaries as a suitable place for a graveyard. The first burial took place three years later, when Rangitanaki was buried by Alfred Brown on the afternoon of 14 June 1838. He was followed five months later by Ann Catherine Wilson, wife of one of the missionaries, who died of breast cancer in November 1838.

As well as the graves of mission families, monuments in the cemetery tell the story of soldiers, sailors and Māori who died during the Battles of Gate Pa and Te Ranga in 1864; enemies in battle, but all equally honoured in death. Whilst the graves were being dug, a greenstone mere was unearthed, known by the name of Te Raukaraka (pounamu mere) due to it being made from a rare kind of greenstone resembling in colour the leaves of the karaka tree. It belonged to the Tauranga chief Koraurau, who held Ōtamataha Pā. In 1828, he gave the mere to Gilbert Mair (Snr), father of Gilbert Mair, during a visit to Tauranga in the mission schooner Herald. Mair (Snr) left the mere for a short time in the care of Koraurau, but on his return found that Ōtamataha Pā had been decimated and Koraurau killed. Nothing more was heard of the mere until after the Battle of Gate Pa in 1864, when some soldiers, who were digging graves for their fallen comrades, unearthed it. The mere was identified and handed over to Koraurau's son Hohepa Te Mea, who gave it to Captain Mair in pursuance of his father's promise. Auckland Museum now holds the mere.

In May 2014, one month after the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, the cemetery was part of a 7,863 square metre site transferred from the New Zealand Mission Trust to the Ōtamataha Trust, the hapū of Ngāti Tapu and Ngāi Tamarāwaho.

It is likely that some Māori were buried here as a result of the 1828 massacre. Although Mission Cemetery was officially closed in 1881, some of the early settlers and their families continued to be buried there up until the last burial, which was Duff Heron Maxwell in 1997. Names of people thought to be buried in the cemetery are added as they are found, but many burials cannot be verified from official sources and therefore this list is subject to change as new information comes to hand.

  1. Atkinson, Robert Bruton, 1827-1872 [died by the ‘visitation of God’]
  2. Atkinson, Sarah Eliza née Baker, 1827-1866 [died at Camp Te Papa, aged 39]
  3. Audley, James, 1831-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  4. Baker, T A, 1839-1864 [died 15 November 1864, Cpl., M. Coy. 68th Durham Light Infantry, aged 25]
  5. Bayly, Thomas, c. 1847-1876 [died 17 June 1876, Armed Constabulary, aged 29]
  6. Bell, Constance Amelia (née Norris), 1884-1978 [daughter of Ebenezer and Amelia Norris]
  7. Berins, George, c. 1828-1867 [died at Te Papa 3 January 1867, 12th East Suffolk Regiment of Foot, 1st Battalion, aged 39]
  8. Blackwall, James, 1839-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  9. Bonner, Monica Matilda, 1878-1879 [seven months old]
  10. Booth, Henry Jackson Parkin, 1830-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, died of wounds]
  11. Booth, Mary (née Jacques), 1833-1909
  12. Booth, Thomas Jonas, 1829-1879
  13. Boylan, Frances Josephine (née Boylan), 1860-1879 [aged 19, obelisk]
  14. Boylan, Mary Theresa, 1824-1907 [aged 83, obelisk]
  15. Brabant, Percy Stainforth, 1878-1879 [infant]
  16. Bradbrook, George, 1839-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  17. Bradhurst, John, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  18. Bradley, Joe, c. 1828-1864 [died at Te Papa 29 January 1864, Cpl., 12th East Suffolk Regiment of Foot, aged 36]
  19. Brissington, William, 1836-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, aged 27, E. Coy., 1st Batt, 12th Reg.]
  20. Brown, Alfred Marsh, 1831-1845 [son of Rev. Alfred and Christina Brown, aged 13]
  21. Brown, Alfred Nesbit, 1803-1884 [Church Missionary Society missionary]
  22. Brown, Christina Crombie Grant (née Johnston), 1818-1887 [second wife of Rev. Alfred Brown]
  23. Butt, Teresa Nga Kotuku, ?-1889 [obituary Bay of Plenty Times 18 November 1889, funeral 17 November 1889 at 3pm]
  24. Cadenhead, John, c. 1843-1873 [suspected to have died through violence whilst being arrested by Police, 11 October 1875, aged 51]
  25. Cady, John, c. 1842-1869 [drowned at Tauranga 30 August 1869, Armed Constabulary]
  26. Carbury, Neil, ?-1864
  27. Clark, Henry, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, O/S HMS Harrier]
  28. Clarke, J, 1838-1864 [died 12 August 1864, 43rd Light Infantry, aged 26]
  29. Colfer, James, ?-? [no date, Pte., 43rd Light Infantry]
  30. Collins, Robert,1823-1869 [died at Te Papa 13 November 1869, Capt., Quartermaster of the Taranaki Militia, born at Buttevant, Co. Cork, Ireland, aged 43]
  31. Cordwell, Benjamin, 1845-1865 [died at Tauranga 14 March 1865, 3rd Coy., 1st Waikato Regiment, aged 20]
  32. Crapp, Arthur Algeron, 1843-1928 [Armed Constabulary, aged 86]
  33. Crapp, Charlotte (née Field),1791-1875 [mother of Arthur Crapp]
  34. Crapp, Elizabeth (née Winspear), 1849-1894 [foster daughter of Joseph Tice and Selina Gellibrand (née Evans)]
  35. Dalton, William, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, Qutmr HMS Esk]
  36. Darby, Eliza (née ?), ?-1903
  37. Davoren, George Thomas, 1842-1929 [Sgt. 1st Waikato Regt., aged 86]
  38. Dee, Edwin, c. 1838-1865 [died at Te Papa on 29 August 1865, Pte., aged 27]
  39. Dixon, Thomas Harden, c. 1828-1870 [died 24 February 1870, Armed Constabulary, aged 40]
  40. Dodd, Richard, 1831-1865 [died at Tauranga 2 May 1865, No. 3 Coy., 1st Waikato Regiment, aged 33]
  41. Earl, Eliza (née Redgen), 1836-1923 [aged 86]
  42. Earl, Stephen, 1830-1922 [aged 92]
  43. Emus, Henry, 1836-1867 [Tauranga Bush Campaign, mortally wounded 18 January, died 23 January 1867, Sgt. Maj., aged 31]
  44. Eyre, Charles William, 1840-1928 [husband of Hannah Eyre]
  45. Eyre, Hannah, 1846-1928 [wife of Charles William Eyre, aged 81]
  46. Farrell, Esther (née Lewis), 1829-1889 [married Robert Farrell in 1862 – unconfirmed burial]
  47. Farrell, Robert, 1827-1873 [Tauranga Bush Campaign veteran, Sgt., aged 46]
  48. Faulkner, Alfred Jarvis Phineas, 1846-1905 [son of John Lees and Ruawahine Faulkner, aged 58]
  49. Faulkner, George, 1848-1873 [son of John Lees and Ruawahine Faulkner]
  50. Faulkner, John, 1844-1857 [son of John Lees and Ruawahine Faulkner, aged 13 – buried with Ruawahine]
  51. Faulkner, John Lees, 1807-1882 [early Tauranga trader]
  52. Faulkner, Ruawahine Irihapeti, 1811-1855 [first wife of John Lees Faulkner, also known as Elizabeth, aged 44]
  53. Ferraby, John, c. 1834-1872 [%E2%80%98died by exhaustion through excessive drinking,’ Armed Constabulary]
  54. Fitzgerald, John, 1834-1872
  55. Fitzgerald, Philip 1834-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  56. Fraser, James Patton Brockman, c. 1841-1870 [died of typhoid fever at Tauranga, Armed Constabulary inspector, aged 29]
  57. Fuller, Richard, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, o/s HMS Esk]
  58. Gardener, John, ?-1864
  59. Gellibrand, Joseph Tice, 1826-1887 [%C5%8Cmokoroa]
  60. Gellibrand, Selina Hannah (née Evans), 1831-1878 [drowned off Oponui]
  61. Gill, Frederic, 1851-1869 [killed at Opepe, Taupō, 8 June 1869, Trooper, BOP Volunteer Cavalry, aged 18]
  62. Gilmore, Andrew, 1846-1913 [aged 66]
  63. Gilmore, Anne Jane (née Prebble), 1853-1885 [aged 31]
  64. Gilmore, John Robert, 1881-1881
  65. Gilmore, Queenie, 1882-1883
  66. Glover, Frederick Eaton, 1837-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  67. Glover, Robert Cooke, 1830-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  68. Goff, Henry, 1838-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  69. Goodyear, Catherine (née Davis), 1861-1944 [aged 83]
  70. Goodyear, William, 1849-1914 [Canon of Waiapu, aged 63]
  71. Grace, Thomas Samuel, 1815-1879 [Church Missionary Society missionary, aged 64]
  72. Grant, Peter Allan, 1845-1924 [early Te Puke settler]
  73. Greenem, Andrew, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, HMS Harrier, Stoker]
  74. Greer, Isabella, ?-1881
  75. Greer, Isabella Knox, 1865-1865
  76. Griffiths, Elizabeth, 1856-1921 [aged 65]
  77. Griffiths, John Hollings, 1845-1927 [aged 82]
  78. Halford, Charles, c. 1839-1865 [died at Te Papa 17 October 1865, 68th Durham Light Infantry ‘The Faithful Durhams,’ aged 26]
  79. Hamilton, John Fane Charles, 1820-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, HMS Esk, Capt.]
  80. Hamilton, Robert Thomas Francis, 1835-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  81. Harding, Henry, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, HMLI Eclipse]
  82. Harmer, James, c. 1836-1864 [Gate Pā / Pukehinahina, 68th Durham Light Infantry ‘The Faithful Durhams,’ Sgt., aged 28]
  83. Harrington, Jeremiah, 1828-1866 [12th East Suffolk Regiment of Foot, 1st Battalion, aged 38]
  84. Harris, James, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, HMS Curacoa]
  85. Harvey, Ada Agnus, 1873-1874 [aged 10 months]
  86. Hay, Edward, 1835-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, died of wounds, aged 29]
  87. Hill, Charles, c. 1836-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, survivor of the H.M.S. Orpheus wreck]
  88. Holbrash, S, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  89. Holdbrook, Jacob, 1826-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  90. Hornby, Silvester, 1839-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  91. Jarvis, William, 1846-1864 [died 23 June 1864, HMS Harrier, aged 17]
  92. Jeffs, Henry, c. 1844-1867 [Henry Thomas?] [Tauranga Bush Campaign, killed in action at Whakamaramara 15 February 1867, aged 23]
  93. Johnston, Robert, 1845-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga]
  94. Jones, Isabella (née Molloy), 1825-1867
  95. Jordan, Thomas E, ?-1867 [Tauranga Bush Campaign, died 15 February 1867]
  96. Kent, Levi, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, RMLI Miranda, Pte.]
  97. Kilbride, Lawrence, c. 1844-1866 [died at Te Papa 26 April 1866, LCpl., B. Coy., 12th East Suffolk Regiment of Foot, 1st Battalion, aged 22]
  98. Knowles, Harry, 1845-1928 [68th Regt. Durham Light Infantry, Pte., aged 82]
  99. Koraurau, ?-1828 [%C5%8Ctamataha Pā massacre]
  100. Laidley, Albert, 1847-1872 [drowned when the yacht ‘Sappho’ overturned in Tauranga harbour, Armed Constabulary]
  101. Lane, James, 1834-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  102. Langlands, Charles John, 1842-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  103. Leigh, William C., ?-1864 [Gate Pā / Pukehinahina, HMS Esk, Stoker]
  104. Leonard, Patrick Falcon, 1833-1864 [died at Tauranga on 4 August 1864. 18th Royal Irish Regiment of Foot ‘Paddy’s Blackguards’ – 2nd Battalion. OR died at Tauranga 1 August 1861?]
  105. Madden, Thomas, 1834-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  106. Maher, Jeremiah, 1827-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga]
  107. Manion, Laurence, 1836-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga, died of wounds, 68th Durham Light Infantry, B Coy., Pte., aged 27]
  108. Marks, Hannibal, 1819-1879 [drowned in Tauranga Harbour with son, Capt., aged 62]
  109. Marks, Hannibal, 1845-1879 [drowned in Tauranga Harbour with father, aged 34]
  110. Marsden, Henry, c. 1841-1865 [died 9 February 1865 after a short illness, Pte., 1st Waikato Regiment No 1211, enlisted 22 August 1864, born London, Middlesex, England. Ref: Letter from Brown to George Marsden Folder 2.9 1865 02 21]
  111. Matthews, Henry, c. 1839-1866 [died whilst attempting to extract powder from an unexploded 110lb artillery shell found near Gate Pā | Pukehinahina on 6 September 1866, aged 27]
  112. Maxwell, Alice Heron, 1860-1949
  113. Maxwell, Duff Heron, 1903-1997
  114. Maxwell, Ebenezer, 1862-1937 [son of Rev. Andrew Maxwell of Kilmore, Victoria]
  115. Maxwell, Edith Jane, 1859-1930
  116. Maxwell, Euphemia Ballingall (née Johnston), 1829-1919 [wife of Rev. Andrew Maxwell]
  117. Maxwell, Euphemia Pattie Berry, 1898-1988
  118. Maxwell, Grant, 1900-1986
  119. MacAlister, Robert Stewart ,1809-1871 [from Caithness, Scotland, aged 61]
  120. McAnary, James, c. 1835-1865 [drowned at Judea 27 July 1865, Pte., Brevet, Maj. Trents Coy., 68th Durham Light Infantry The Faithful Durhams, aged 30]
  121. McAuley, William, c. 1837-1865 [drowned at Tauranga 4 August 1865, Pte., aged 28]
  122. McCuen, Henry, c. 1837-1866 [died 13 February 1866, 68th Durham Light Infantry The Faithful Durhams, Maj. Trents Coy., aged 29]
  123. McDonald, Patrick, c. 1839-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, died of wounds on 5 May 1864, 68th Durham Light Infantry The Faithful Durhams, aged 25]
  124. McGough, Thomas, 1833-1869 [accidentally killed at Pukehinahina, 29 April 1869 or 1864? aged 30]
  125. McGuire, John, 1830-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga]
  126. McLeod, Janet (née Craigie), 1807-1867. Died at Maungatapu. Daughter married by Rev. Alfred Brown in 1866.
  127. Meagher, Thomas, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Reg.]
  128. Millar, Amy Marion (née Norris), 1873-1945 [daughter of Ebenezer and Amelia Norris]
  129. Mitchelson, George, c. 1827-1866 [died at Te Papa 8 May 1866, 12th East Suffolk Regiment of Foot, aged 38]
  130. Moon, Elizabeth (née Matherall), 1806-1901 [wife of Col. William Moon]
  131. Moon, William, 1810-1877 [husband of Elizabeth Moon]
  132. Morrison, Allan Montgomery, 1871-1872 [aged 7 months]
  133. Morrison, Henrietta, 1876-1876 [aged 3 months]
  134. Morrison, Henrietta Fisher, 1871-1871 [aged 1 month]
  135. Morrison, James Thomas, 1839-1879
  136. Mure, Charles Reginald, 1833-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, Capt of HM 43rd Reg., son of William Mure Esq. of Caldwell, Ayrshire]
  137. Ngātai, Taiaho Hōri, c. 1839-1912 [veteran, Battles of Gate Pā | Pukehinahina and Te Ranga]
  138. Norris, Amelia Harriet (née Campbell), 1846-1935 [aged 88]
  139. Norris, Ebenezer Goddard, 1830-1890 [Capt., of Tauranga Veteran Volunteers, aged 60]
  140. Norris, Ruby Rosamund, 1881-1946 [daughter of Ebenezer and Amelia Norris]
  141. Oldfield, John, c. 1837-1865 [died at Te Papa Hospital on 4 February 1865 after a short illness. 1st Waikato Regiment No 820. Enlisted 1 September 1863 in Melbourne, born Wales, clerk, 26 years. ‘Star of India’. Ref: Letter from Brown to Rev G Oldfield Folder 2.8 1865 02 21]
  142. Perston, Ada Lilla (née Darby), ?-1903
  143. Phelan, Robert, 1839-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  144. Platt, John, 1839-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, died of wounds. – check Battle of Te Ranga? 68th Durham Light Infantry, aged 24]
  145. Poole, John 1840-1866 [died at Te Papa, Armorer, Sgt. 1st Batt, 12th Regt., aged 26]
  146. Rangitanaki, buried 14 June 1838 [first recorded burial - Alfred Brown's journal]
  147. Redmond, John James, 1823-1903
  148. Redmond, Julia (née Connolly), 1822-1877
  149. Reynolds, John Chidley, 1846-1876 [died of pneumonia at Ohinemutu]
  150. Robbins, George, 1840-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  151. Salt, Elizabeth Jane (née McBride) 1823-1883
  152. Salt, James 1821-1891
  153. Scanlon, James, c. 1845-1867 [drowned at Te Papa 11 February 1867, 1st Batt., 12th Regt., aged 22]
  154. Sellars, Donald Daniel, 1830-1880 [husband of Jane Sellars (née Faulkner), Capt., aged 49]
  155. Sellars, Jane (née Faulkner), 1842-1884 [daughter of John Lees Faulkner, aged 42]
  156. Shanaghan, Peter, 1823-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga, 68th Durham Light Infantry, aged 40]
  157. Sims, Ann Jane (née Fitzgerald), 1829-1910
  158. Sims, James, 1827-1881 [68th Light Infantry, aged 53]
  159. Skeet, Alfred, 1871-1871 [buried with his mother]
  160. Skeet, Harriette Anne (née Garland), 1828-1871 [wife of Henry Lufkin Skeet, buried along with infant son Alfred]
  161. Smith, George, 1830-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga, 68th Durham Light Infantry]
  162. Spencer, Ivy Kate, 1881-1883 [buried with Capt. Daniel and Jane Sellars (née Faulkner), 20 months old]
  163. Stevenson, William, ?-1867 [Tauranga Bush Campaign, died 23 January 1867]
  164. Stuart, John, ?-1921
  165. Stuart, Mary McInnes, ?-1899 [aged 58]
  166. Swallow, James, 1842-1865 [died of ‘Brain Fever’ 30 March 1865, 68th Durham Light Infantry The Faithful Durhams, Aged 22]
  167. Tanner, Barbara Allan (née Grant), 1874-1895 [born 16 October 1874, died in childbirth 19 August 1895, aged 20]
  168. Taratoa, Hēnare Wiremu, 1830-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga]
  169. Taylor, James, 1829-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga, Cpt. Trent’s Coy. 68th Durham Light Infantry, Aged 34]
  170. Te Hui, ?-1842 [Te Tiriti o Waitangi signatory]
  171. Te Paetui, ?-1842 [Te Tiriti o Waitangi signatory]
  172. Te Teira, ?-1864 [Te Tiriti o Waitangi signatory]
  173. Timms, John, 1837-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga, Pte., 68th Durham Light Infantry, aged 26]
  174. Trann, Frederick, 1839-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  175. Tuaia, Eruera Edward, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, died of wounds, nephew of Rāwiri Puhirake Tuaia]
  176. Tuaia, Rāwiri Puhirake, c. 1814-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga]
  177. Tunks, Alfred Francis Daly, 1867-1936 [Mayor of Tauranga 11 May 1933 to 16 May 1935, Auckland Regiment]
  178. Tunks, Alice Louisa Jane (née Glasson), 1881-1966 [wife of Charles James Tunks]
  179. Tunks, Charles James, 1867-1941 [ husband of Alice, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Tunks]
  180. Tunks, Elizabeth Frances, 1866-1866 [daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Tunks]
  181. Tunks, Elizabeth Frances (née Boylan), 1832-1916 [wife of Capt. Thomas Tunks, aged 84]
  182. Tunks, Thomas, 1809-1886 [Capt,, Durham Light Infantry, Aged 77]
  183. Turner, Ada Campbell, 1861-1976 [aged 15]
  184. Turner, Archibald Campbell, 1835-1912 [present at Tauranga immediately after the Battle of Gate Pā | Pukehinahina]
  185. Turner, Eleanora Jane née Simson, c. 1832-1898 [wife of Capt. Archibald Campbell Turner]
  186. Turner Eleanora Grace, 1871-1872 [aged 10 months]
  187. Twinen, John, c. 1834-1870 [died 16 March 1870, Armed Constabulary, aged 36]
  188. Utterton, Edwin, 1828-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  189. Vance, John, 1826-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, 43rd Light Infantry]
  190. Varlow, John W, 1839-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga]
  191. Warbrick, Christiana, 1867-1884
  192. Ward, D W, ?-1867 [Tauranga Bush Campaign, died 23 January 1867]
  193. Watt, George, 1831-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, Gnr., HMS Miranda, aged 32]
  194. Wheeler, James W, 1839-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga, 43rd Light Infantry, aged 24]
  195. Wilkinson, Henry, 1829-1864 [Battle of Te Ranga]
  196. Wilson, Anne Catherine née Hawker,1802-1838 [first European burial, wife of missionary John Alexander Wilson, aged 33]
  197. Wilson, Charlotte Lilly, 1858-1885 [aged 26]
  198. Wood, Annie M, c. 1848-1870 [aged 22]
  199. Wrigley, Frances (née Ellis), c. 1833-1898 [wife of Thomas Wrigley, aged 65]
  200. Wrigley, Thomas Dale, c. 1828-1878 [died a long and painful death following an accident, aged 49, from Victoria]
  201. Young, George, ?-1864 [Gate Pā | Pukehinahina, A/B HMS Harrier]

New Zealand Wars Monuments at Mission Cemetery (Otamataha Pā)

Tauranga 68th Regiment Memorials [no longer exist - see Well Done The 68th by John Bilcliffe (1995, pp. 203-204)]

  1. Carbury, 4202 Pte. Neil "To the memory of Pte. Neil Carbury. This tablet erected by officers non-commissioned officers and men of his Company." [Plus a Latin epitaph]
  2. Gardener, 114 Pte. John "Sacred to the memory of Private John Gardener died at Tauranga March 26 1864. This tablet erected by officers non-commissioned officers and men of his company." "Time like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away. They fly forgotten as a dream at the opening day."
  3. Manion, 428 Pte. Lawrence "To the memory of Lawrence Manion 68th. Lt. Infy. who died 22 June 1864 from wounds received in action at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864, aged 27 years. This tablet erected by officers, non-commissioned officers and men of his Company." "My race I have run, my time I have spent in soldiering, since from home I went, to India and New Zealand, beneath a burning sky far from my beloved parents, there to die."
  4. Smith, 515 Pte. George "To the memory of Pte. G. Smith who died of wounds received in action at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864 aged 33y 2 months. This tablet erected by officers, non-commissioned oficers and men of his Company." "Dear Comrade stay as you pass by, as you are now so once was I. As I am now, so you must be. Prepare for death and follow me."
  5. Tims, 3904 Pte. John "Sacred to the memory of Pte. J. Tims 68th. Lt. Infy. who was killed inaction at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864 aged 26 Years. A man greatly esteemed and deeply regretted by his comrades who have erected this tablet."

1865: Tauranga 43rd Regiment New Zealand Wars memorial. This obelisk commemorates the 26 men of the 43rd Regiment who were killed in action or died of wounds received during the battles of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina) and Te Ranga. Their names are inscribed on marble plaques. Unlike other memorials this was erected 'within a year of the battles’ (Maclean & Phillips, 1990, p. 19). To the right in the background can be seen the grave of Captain John Hamilton.

  1. Audley, Private James
  2. Blackwall, Bugler James
  3. Bradbrook, [Private] George
  4. Booth, Lieut-Col. Henry J.P.
  5. Fitzgerald, [Private] Philip
  6. Glover, Lieut. Frdk. C.E.
  7. Glover, Capt. Robt. C.
  8. Goff, [Private] Henry
  9. Hamilton, Capt Robt. T.F.
  10. Holdbrook, [Private] Jacob
  11. Hornby, [Private] Silvester
  12. Johnstone, Private Robt.
  13. Lane, [Private] James
  14. Langlands, Ensign Chas. J.
  15. Madden, [Private] Thomas
  16. Maher, [Private] Jeremiah
  17. McGuire, [Private] John
  18. Mure, Capt. Chas. R.
  19. Phelan, [Private] Robert Phelan
  20. Robbins, [Private] George R
  21. Trann, [Private] Frederick
  22. Utterton, Capt. Edwin
  23. Vance, Sergt Major John
  24. Varlow, Corp. John W.
  25. Wheeler, Corp. James
  26. Wilkinson, [Private] Henry

1909: Tauranga 1st Waikato Militia New Zealand Wars memorial On 11 July 1909 this white marble memorial set on a granite base (W. Parkinson & Co. Auckland) was unveiled to commemorate 25 colonial and imperial soldiers and sailors from the 68th Regiment, 1st Waikato Militia and Naval Brigade who died in 1864 at Gate Pā and Te Ranga and in 1867 during the Tauranga Bush Campaign. The ceremony was described by the Bay of Plenty Times (1909) as ‘one of the most impressive, patriotic and historic functions which has yet taken place in the annals of Tauranga’ (p. 2).

  1. Brissington, [Pvt] W. 12th Regt at Te Ranga June 21st 1864
  2. Clark, Hy O.S. [HMS Harrier]
  3. Dalton, Wm Qr Mr [HMS] Esk
  4. Emus, Serg Major Hy Jan. 18th 1867
  5. Fuller, Richd O.S. [HMS Esk]
  6. Greenem, Andw Stoker [HMS Harrier]
  7. Harding, Hy R.M.L.I. [HMS] Eclipse
  8. Harmer, Sergt Jas 68 DLI
  9. Harris , Jas O.S. H.M.S. Curacoa
  10. Jeffs, Pvt Hy [Feb. 15th 1867]
  11. Jordan, Pvt Thos E. Feb. 15th [1867]
  12. Kent, Levi Pvt R.M.L.I. [Royal Marine Light Infantry] [HMS] Miranda
  13. Manion, [Pvt] Laurance [68 DLI ]
  14. McDonald, [Pvt] Patrick [68 DLI ]
  15. McGough , Pvt Thos [68 DLI ]
  16. Platt, [Pvt] John [68 DLI ]
  17. Shanahan, [Pvt] P. [68 DLI ]
  18. Smith, [Pvt] Geo. [68 DLI ]
  19. Stevenson, Pvt Wm [Jan.] 23rd [1867]
  20. Stoker , Wm C. Leigh [HMS Esk]
  21. Taylor, Pvt Jas. 68 DLI
  22. Tims, [Pvt] J. [68 DLI ]
  23. Ward, Pvt D.W. [Jan. 23rd 1867]
  24. Watt, Geo Gunner [HMS Miranda] - Negro
  25. Young, Geo A.B. [HMS] Harrier

1914: Rawiri Puhirake New Zealand Wars memorial This memorial marks the grave of Rāwiri Puhirake who died at Te Ranga on 21 June 1864. Puhirake’s remains were exhumed from the Te Ranga trenches in 1870 (Bay of Plenty Times, 1909, p. 2) and were re-interred at Mission Cemetery. In 1914 an impressive 6 metre red granite memorial (W. Parkinson & Co. Auckland) was erected over his grave. Two concrete steps lead up to the memorial, the base of which is decorated with black and white marble tiles. The unveiling was held on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Te Ranga. Depicted on the top front of the plinth is a Māori taiaha around which is ‘entwined a spray of oak as a symbol of strength’ (Bay of Plenty Times, 1914, p. 5), the apex of which is surmounted by a draped urn. At the bottom a white marble frieze commemorates the Poteriwhi Code of Conduct, depicting Puhirake standing over a mortally wounded Booth whilst Taratoa brings a calabash of water. There is a plaque on another side dedicated to Taratoa; ‘In memory of Hēnare Taratoa killed at Te Ranga June 21st 1864.’

1920: Hori Ngatai New Zealand Wars memorial This memorial, erected by Tauranga Māori and the government, was unveiled at the Mission Cemetery in August 1920. The top of the granite column is surmounted by a draped urn. Ngātai took part in the battles at Gate Pā and Te Ranga and died aged 80 on 20 August 1912. His account of the battles was published posthumously, in Mair’s book The Story of Gate Pā, April 29th, 1864 (1926).

1964: Tauranga Naval New Zealand Wars memorial This two metre high concrete cross was erected in 1964 and commemorates the 10 seamen and marines killed at Gate Pā. The inscription reads ‘This cross was erected in 1964 to replace the original wooden cross faithfully maintained for 100 years by the officers and men of the Royal Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy.’

  1. Clark, H
  2. Dalton, W
  3. Fuller, R
  4. Greenem, A
  5. Harding, H
  6. Harris, J
  7. Kent, L
  8. Leigh, W
  9. Watt, G
  10. Young, P

1997: Tauranga Māori New Zealand Wars memorial This mass grave monument was erected in 1997 in memory of 14 Māori warriors who fought against British troops during the Battle of Te Ranga in 1864. It was unveiled in 1998. Previously the site featured a circle of agapanthus and a concrete marker. Part of the inscription reads; ‘This mass grave monument erected in 1997 in memory of 14 Māori warriors who fought in defence of their lands against British troops in the battle of Te Ranga on 21 June 1864. These warriors, one of whom is known to be Te Teira of Ngaiterangi, were wounded in battle but later died in hospital. No other names of those who died are known, but those who fought under the leadership of Rawiri Puhiraki from Ngaiterangi, Ngati Ranginui, Whakatohea, Tainui and Te Arawa.'

  1. Te Teira of Ngaiterangi