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Records in this collection
- Australia BillionGraves Cemetery Index
- Australia Births and Baptisms 1792-1981
- Australia Deaths and Burials 1816-1980
- Australia Marriages 1788-1935
- Australian Capital Territory Deaths 1930-1983
- Australian Capital Territory Marriages
- New South Wales Will Books 1800-1952
- New South Wales, deceased estate files 1880-1923
- New South Wales, Newcastle, Lost Cemeteries 1842-1902
- New South Wales, Rookwood Cemetery
- New South Wales, Stroud baptismal register 1892-1925
- New South Wales, Tea Gardens Cemetery inscriptions 1898-2014
- New South Wales, Waverley & South Head Cemetery Inscriptions
- New Zealand birth index
- New Zealand marriage index
- New Zealand Waikaraka Cemetery memorial 1902-1940
- New Zealand, Hillsborough Cemetery
- New Zealand, Hillsborough Cemetery Plan
- New Zealand, Purewa Cemetery Burials
- New Zealand, Purewa Cemetery Cremations
- Northern Territory Deaths 1824-2012
- Northern Territory, Anglican Baptisms and Confirmations 1900-1947
- Northern Territory, Anglican Church Burials 1900-1968
- Northern Territory, Anglican Marriages 1902-1953
- Pitcairn Islands Marriages 1824-1854
- Queensland births 1829-1919
- Queensland Deaths
- Queensland deaths 1829-1964
- Queensland funeral records
- Queensland funeral records
- Queensland Intestacies, Insolvencies & Wills 1859-1900
- Queensland Intestacy Returns Index 1896-1916
- Queensland marriages 1829-1939
- Queensland, Albany Creek Columbarium
- Queensland, Alberton Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Anglican Cemeteries and Columbaria, Brisbane, Volume 2 & 3
- Queensland, Anglican Church of Australia, Parish of Sherwood (Brisbane) Cemetery and Columbarium Wall Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Beenleigh Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Bethania Lutheran Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Brookfield Cemetery, Brisbane, Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Bulimba Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Cleveland Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Coleyville, Engelsburg (Kalbar), Boonah & Highfields Baptist Cemeteries Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Cooloola Coast Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, divorces 1861-1894
- Queensland, Eagleby Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Goomeri Cemetery Index
- Queensland, Mackay, Funeral notices and funeral director records
- Queensland, Minden, Tarampa and Vernor Baptist Cemeteries
- Queensland, Moggill Cemetery (Brisbane) Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Mt Cotton Cemeteries Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Mundubbera Cemetery Index
- Queensland, Pimpama Island Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Pine Rivers District Cemeteries – Bunya, Dayboro, Lawnton, Samford & Samsonvale
- Queensland, Ravenswood Cemetery Headstones Index
- Queensland, Redland Bay Cemeteries Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, South Brisbane Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Taroom Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Toowong Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- Queensland, Wandoan Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions
- South Australia Cemetery Inscriptions 1836-2005
- South Australia, Catholic Baptisms 1840-1863
- South Australia, lonely graves 1837-2005
- South Australia, Pre-civil births 1836-1842
- South Australia, Pre-civil deaths 1836-1842
- South Australia, Pre-civil marriages 1836-1842
- South Australia, remote deaths 1851-1965
- South Australia, unregistered deaths 1840-1970
- Victoria births
- Victoria Deaths 1836-1985
- Victoria divorce cause books 1861-1938
- Victoria Marriages 1836-1942
- Victoria wills & probate
- Victoria, Cemetery Burials and Memorial Inscriptions for Victoria 1835 -1997
- Victoria, Funeral Notices 1981-1997
- Western Australia birth index
- Western Australia death index
- Western Australia marriage index
NEW ZEALAND, PUREWA CEMETERY CREMATIONS
Do you have New Zealand ancestry?
Purewa Cemetery is an Anglican cemetery, although many of the persons buried or cremated there are non-Anglican. It is owned and administered by the Purewa Cemetery Trust Board. The first burial was of Catherine Boon aged 15 months on 9th Jan 1889.
The cemetery was formally consecrated on November 2nd 1889 which was All Souls Day and is still in use. The Maori name Purewa means Buoyant or To Float.
The index contains 64,897 names of persons buried or have had their ashes buried as at 1989. Some of the headstones have been the target of recent vandal attacks and the work of the 1989 transcription may be of headstones which are no longer present. In 1979 a small part of D block was transcribed. The headstones of these rows were to be relocated or removed if dangerous. Not all the headstones were removed and those which were still standing have been re-transcribed and included as part of this project. It's a great genealogy tool for anyone exploring their family history or building a family tree.
Where the headstones have been removed since 1979 the earlier transcriptions are included in this set of records.
How to use these records
Please examine the cemetery map. Each area of the cemetery is given a name e.g. block E or block X.
Whilst is has been appropriate for this project for the info to be entered in the order of block first then row and then plot it should be noted that the Purewa office has recorded the information in a different order, that is Row then block then plot.
This lists all family names, given names, age at death , year of burial (in the case of ashes this can be many years after death) and plot site information.
Dis-interments have been included.
In some cases, the names of living persons recorded on headstones has been included. Stillborn children buried in the Sanctuary often do not have given names and where there have been several stillborn children with the same family name these have a number suffix to distinguish them.
A complete transcription of information recorded on the headstones and plaques in block A-F as at 1989 is included. These blocks are the oldest six blocks and the only ones to have actual headstones. The remainder being lawn cemetery. The lawn cemetery plaques were not transcribed but the burial records for the lawn cemetery have been included.
The burial records are complete for the first 100 years, 1889-1989. Some burials have been included after this period, however these are incomplete.
These had to be kept to a minimum because of the enormity of the task undertaken. Where possible the graves have been cross-referenced to help with research. In the case of grass plots where no obvious connection between the graves was defined these have not been cross referenced.
• A age
• A for an ash burial
• B a burial
• d died
• GP grass plot
• GPNH grass plot no headstone
• I in memoriam
• ILMO in loving memory of
• ILRO in loving remembrance
• PCD possible cause of death
• STTMO Sacred to the memory of
• yrs years
• X cross reference
Please note that possible cause of death may not be accurate. Letters such as A B or X will also appear as Block names e.g. Block A and also that a plot may be divided up in part A or part B so that the letters appear as a suffix e.g. plot 36A
Data provided by New Zealand Society of Genealogists St Johns Branch.