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.
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
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
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
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 Memorial Park, Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Sinclair-Burgess, Gen Sir. 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