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Rawene Cemetery Free Space

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Location: Rawene, Northland, New Zealandmap
Surnames/tags: Cemeteries New_Zealand Rawene
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This cemetery is located on the east side of the crossroads, opposite the hospital, at the south end of Rawene.

Notable Interments and memorials

  • Ventnor Monument - In 1902 the SS Ventnor sank off Hokianga Heads with 13 sailors on board and the remains of 499 Chinese miners who were supposed to be reburied in their home villages in China. Some of the remains washed up along the west coast where they were found by local Maori and buried alongside their own dead. The New Zealand Chinese Association started building a memorial at Rawene cemetery for the miners and the people of Te Rarawa and Te Roroa who had cared for their remains. It was to have been unveiled on April 7 2018, but construction work caused the collapse of a nearby grave. The grave belonged to long-time Rawene resident Bill Tuckey who had died three months earlier at the age of 105. The memorial project on that site was called to a halt by the Council, and work done to restore the site. The land was re-consecrated. A new site for the memorial was chosen beside the cemetery. The memorial has been designed by TT Architects, whose founders Richard Tam and Robert Tse are descended from early Chinese settlers, and will consist of a series of concrete steps and steel panels evoking a ship, a dragon's spine, whale bones or a Chinese fan.
  • There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1914-1918 war here. This is for George Warrington Tucker who died on September 17, 1919. He was in the Training Unit when he died and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Tucker, of Streamland, Rodney County, North Auckland.


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