Delargey, Cardinal. Reginald John b. December 10, 1914 d. January 29, 1979 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Timaru born Reginald John Delargey was the eldest and only son in a family of six. Brought up by their father following the early death of his wife, Reginald received his education at the Catholic schools of Lawrence, Napier and Patea, entering later the Sacred Heart College in Auckland and the Holy Cross College in Mosgiel. Sent to Rome in order to further his studies at the Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum in 1934, he was ordained priest there in March 1938. Back in New...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Karori Cemetery, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand Plot: Roman Catholic Section, Priests' Plot, 204/255 Z.
Diamond, Bernard b. January, 1827 d. January 25, 1892 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award for his actions at Boolundshur, India on September 28, 1857 during the Indian Rebellion. Born in Portglenone, County Antrim, Ireland, he served as a sergeant in the Bengal Horse Artillery of the British Bengal Army. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "For an act of valour performed in action against the rebels and mutineers at Boolundshur, on the 28th September, 1857, when these two soldiers [Bernard Diamond and Richard Fitzgerald]...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Archer Street Cemetery, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Plot: Area: Plan III, Row: 3, Plot: BD
Disaster, Wahine Ferry [memorial] d. April 10, 1968 On the morning of 10 April, 1968, Cyclone "Giselle" hit at the same time as another storm which had driven up the West Coast of the South Island from Antarctica. The two storms met over the capital city, Wellington, creating a single storm just as the inter-island ferry Wahine was crossing Cook Strait, between the South and North Islands of New Zealnd. At 5.50 on the morning of 10 April, carrying 610 passengers and 123 crew, the Captain of the Wahine, decided to enter Wellington harbour. Huge...[Read More] (Bio by: Jeff J) Palmer Head Memorial, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Elliott, Keith b. April 25, 1916 d. October 7, 1989 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. A native of New Zealand, he received the award from British Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery in Egypt, in September 1942, for his actions as a sergeant in the 22nd Battalion, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, on July 15, 1942 during the First Battle of El Alamein, Egypt, during Western Desert Campaign of World War II. One of nine children, he was born in Apiti, New Zealand where his father was a farmer. He dropped out of high school to help run the...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Paraparaumu Beach Cemetery, Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti Coast District, Wellington, New Zealand
Frickleton, Samuel b. April 1, 1891 d. September 6, 1971 World War I British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Lance Corporal in the 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifles Expeditionary Force during the First World War. On June 7, 1917, at the Battle of Messines Belgium, although wounded, he went ahead of his section, destroying a German machine gun crew, which was causing heavy casualties. He then attacked a second gun killing all the crew of 12. By the destruction of these two guns he undoubtedly saved his own life and other units from very...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Taita Servicemen's Cemetery, Naenae, Lower Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand
Hardham, William James b. July 31, 1878 d. April 13, 1928 Second Boer War British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Farrier-Sergeant, in the 4th New Zealand Contingent. On January 28, 1901, he was in command of a scout unit that was ambushed by a Boer force at Naauwpoort in Transvaal. Under heavy fire he held the point position mounted on his horse so his men could to retreat. When one of his troopers was wounded and his horse killed, he went to his assistance. He placed the injured man on his own horse and ran alongside until he had...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Karori Cemetery, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
McKeefry, Cardinal. Peter Thomas Bertram b. July 3, 1899 d. November 18, 1973 Roman Catholic Cardinal. The fifth of seven children of a police constable, Greymouth born Peter Thomas Bertram McKeefry was educated at the Christian Brothers' school in Dunedin. Entering Holy Cross College in Mosgiel in 1916, he was sent to study for four years at the Urban College de Propaganda Fide in Rome where he was ordained priest on April 3, 1926 by Cardinal Basilio Pompilj. Back in New Zealand in November that year, he initially served as curate at the cathedral parish in Auckland...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Karori Cemetery, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand Plot: Roman Catholic Section, Priests' Plot, 204/255 Z.
Melvill, Gen. Charles William b. September 5, 1878 d. September 15, 1925 New Zealand Army General. A combat veteran of the 2nd Boer War and World War I, he rose in rank to become the Commandant of the New Zealand Military Forces. Born the youngest child of Teignmouth Melvill, a British Army Officer who received the Victoria Cross after his death at the Battle of Isandlwana during the Anglo-Zulu War in South Africa. He received his education at Wellington College in Berkshire, England and in 1897 he joined the British Army where he received an 2nd lieutenant's...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Karori Cemetery, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Puttick, Gen. Sir Edward b. June 26, 1890 d. July 25, 1976 New Zealand Army Major General. A combat veteran of World Wars I and II, he rose in rank to become the Chief of the General Staff of the New Zealand Military Forces and became the first New Zealand-born military officer to reach the rank of lieutenant general. The son of an English immigrant railroad worker, he received his education at Waitaki Boys' High School in Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand, and upon graduation he joined the Roads Department, as it was then known, as a draughtsman. In 1911 he...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Karori Cemetery, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Robin, Sir. Alfred William b. August 12, 1860 d. June 2, 1935 New Zealand Army General. He rose in rank to become the Commander of New Zealand Military Forces from 1914 until 1919. The son of a baker, his family moved to New Zealand the year following his birth and his father engaged in building coaches. Upon finishing high school in 1873, he began working for his father and became a partner in the business. In 1878 he joined the New Zealand Regiment of the Volunteer Artillery, later serving with the Southland Hussars and the Dunedin Cavalry Volunteers...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Karori Cemetery, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Seddon, Richard John b. June 22, 1845 d. June 10, 1906 Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1893-1906. The Rt. Hon. Richard John Seddon left school at age 12 to become an engineering apprentice, but ultimately arrived in New Zealand in 1866 to follow the gold rush on the West Coast. He lived in Kumara and was elected mayor in 1877. He was popular with the local mining community, and entered Parliament in 1879, remaining in office until his death. Seddon was a member of the Liberal Party, and became Premier in 1893. He earned the nickname 'King Dick' for...[Read More] (Bio by: JCameron) Bolton Street Cemetery, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Sinclair-Burgess, William Livingston b. February 18, 1880 d. April 3, 1964 New Zealand Major General. A World War I veteran, he served as the Commandant of the New Zealand Military Forces from 1931 until 1937. Born William Livingston Hatchwell Sinclair, his father was a shipping merchant. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother married a Congregational minister and he took on his surname of Burgess, and the family immigrated to New Zealand in the 1890s. In 1898 he joined the New Zealand Volunteer Forces, initially serving with the South Canterbury...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Karori Cemetery, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Te Wiata, Inia Morehu Tauhia Watene b. June 10, 1915 d. June 26, 1971 Singer, Actor. Born Inia Morehu Tauhia Watene Iarahi Waihurihia Te Wiata (originally Te Iwiata) in 1915 of parents who were from the "Ngati Raukawa" Tribe, he became a Bass Profundo at the age of 14, which allowed him to join groups to help his mother make ends meet after his father's death from influenza in 1918. He went on to become one of New Zealand's (Aotearoa) most loved singers of the 20th century. He appearing in several motion pictures, including "In Search of the Castaways", "Pacific...[Read More] (Bio by: Jeff J) Rangiatea Churchyard, Otaki, Kapiti Coast District, Wellington, New Zealand