Location: Featherston, South Wairarapa District, Wellington, New Zealand
Surnames/tags: cemeteries new_zealand
A free-space page to record interments and memorials at Featherston Cemetery.
Featherston is a town in the South Wairarapa District, in the Wellington Region of New Zealand's North Island. It is at the eastern foothills of Rimutaka Range close to the northern shore of Lake Wairarapa, 63 km north-east of central Wellington and 37 km south-west of Masterton.
Featherston Cemetery has served the local community since 1879 and has graves of all the people who pioneered in the town. It offers areas for monumental headstones and cremation plaques and has an historic monumental area. Plots are available for returned services, monumental headstones, cremation plaques and headstone areas. Featherston Cemetery has a large number of infant/child burials for which there are no grave markers.
South Wairarapa District Council
71 Western Lake Road,
GPS coordinates: -41.12178, 175.31442
The war graves in this cemetery are of servicepeople who died in the great Reinforcement Camp at Featherston, established in January 1916, where a maximum of 4,500 men could be accommodated in huts and 3,000 under canvas. At Featherston the training of the Mounted Rifles, the Artillery and the specialists was carried out, as well as part of the Infantry training. An obelisk has been erected in the Cemetery, commemorating the men who died at the Camp; and a cross of Sacrifice is erected. The large number of deaths during the influenza epidemic in November, 1918, will be noticed.
There are 180 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 2 of the 1939-1945 war here.
NZ War Graves
Henry Bunny An early Wairarapa Member of Parliament, and the village of Bunnythorpe is named after him.
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