Buffalo Cemetery Free Space page

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Location: 149 Buffalo Road, Coromandel, Waikato, New Zealandmap
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Buffalo Cemetery

This cemetery is on Buffalo Road, the turning for which is about 2 kilometres past the hospital at the north end of the township of Coromandel.

One of the oldest burial grounds in New Zealand, the cemetery received its name from the ship HMS Buffalo. This ship was loading kauri spars at Coromandel, when on 3 January 1838, Able Seaman David Wanks died. He was buried in Coromandel and thus began the cemetery name. Many early burials were of people involved in mining, which was a feature of the area. Elaborate headstones and wrought iron surrounds reflected the standing of people in the community.

The old cemetery had about 750 interments, and upon nearing capacity the Council purchase additional adjacent land to allow for new interments.

149 Buffalo Road
Coromandel, Waikato, 3506
New Zealand


Notable Interments

Coromandel (Buffalo) Public Cemetery contains the official war grave of 1 man who served in the New Zealand forces during the First World War. This is Private Robert Lyle Houston Fraser who died on 30 August 1920.

New Zealand Cemeteries Team

This page is maintained by the New Zealand Cemeteries Team, who are part of the Global Cemeteries Project (and the Oceania Cemeteries Team). The aim is is to document the final resting place of those buried in New Zealand, to ensure that each cemetery has its own free-space page, which is linked to the category structure for Global Cemeteries, and that those buried in them are also gathered in the correct category.

  • Currently there are 5 profiles listed on Wikitree for this cemetery, which is well short of the number of interments. Findagrave has 1051 entries, and Billion Graves has 0.

The overall progress of this endeavour will be found on the NZ Cemeteries Team Progress page.

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