Council Cemetery Databases

Background to Information Obtained from Council Cemetery Databases

Some details of death of service personnel post service have been obtained at the Auckland Public Library from the RSA Rolls and the Auckland Museum Cenotaph Memorial. Most however have been obtained from council cemetery database records. With regards the latter this information is as displayed on the council websites as at 29 October 2017.

I have confined myself to that information which I believe anyone undertaking research on a deceased serviceman or woman would find most useful.

As discussed in the section on Birth & Death records  let me make it also quite clear that anything you read in this section should be used only as a guide to your further research. Chances are that what you see is correct, but do not just take it at face value. Go in and check the records yourself, so as to totally satisfy yourself that what you’ve seen on the database is correct. If it is not, then please email me .. samospsipsi@gmail.com, so that I can make the necessary correction(s) to the spreadsheet.

New Zealand soldiers in Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, during World War II, with a boat abandoned by the Japanese. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: WH-0215-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22713548 “Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

New Zealand soldiers in Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, during World War II, with a boat abandoned by the Japanese. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: WH-0215-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22713548
“Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

With regards the Whangarei District Council Cemetery Records more information is available through the website :

With regards the Far North District Council Cemetery Records more information is available through this website :

Separate databases exist for North, Central, South and West Auckland. Searches can be undertaken through this link:

Purewa Cemetery has its own unique address, to be found here.

That for cemeteries in the Hamilton area is here.

I have also gone back through the spreadsheet and undertaken a cursory check of cemeteries outside of the above areas. This has been done for areas showing up anywhere elsewhere on a given line of data. For example, last known address may have been say Gisborne and place of enlistment Napier. The council records in both of these districts would have been checked.

In making this information available I would like to make it quite clear that I cannot state categorically that details of a death, cremation or burial are correctly linked to an entry in the Nominal Roll. That said, probably somewhere of the order of 90% of the entries made, are correct and do relate conclusively to the person shown there. Sometimes though, I have had to exercise my own judgement when deciding whether to enter death details against a given service record.

A point to note is that no guarantee can be given that all persons who have been buried, cremated or had ashes buried or sprinkled in cemeteries necessarily shown up on the databases for those cemeteries.

Elias, M D, fl 1943. New Zealand soldier loading a water can on to a mule, Tunisia, North Africa. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs “Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

Elias, M D, fl 1943. New Zealand soldier loading a water can on to a mule, Tunisia, North Africa. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs
“Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

As regards Northland itself, in the case of Maunu, Kamo (Ketenikau), Onerahi, Kioreroa and Ngunguru (Cape Horn) I have been informed by cemetery staff that aside from perhaps a few unmarked very old plots, virtually all other plots are included for persons buried or who have ashes buried. Note in this context ‘ashes buried’ includes ‘ashes sprinkled.’

As to the latter certainly the possibility exists that those cremated elsewhere (i.e. other than Maunu) are not recorded.

It has really been just a matter of working with the information I have been able to access to date. As such, the information provided should only be used as a starting point for anyone undertaking research and should not be taken as ‘gospel.’

If you have not already done so you can download the complete database hereto go further your research.

 

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