Identifying and verifying the details on who is buried here is a work in progress for Anna Purgar (Masterton).
(She has an extended family member buried here.)
Making an accurate list of who is buried here is complicated by a number of anomalies in the records. These include -
- no Christian name listed,
- duplicated plots,
- no death dates,
- no maiden name listed,
- names spelt incorrectly
- or even if they are actually buried here! Some have been exhumed and re-buried elsewhere.
She started putting some of the information she has found online on "Find a Grave" in April 2014 (as it was not available other than by contacting the DHB), and has been updating it as she has been able to fill in any blanks. Click on their logo to go to their site and see what she has -
(Due to the sensitive nature of some of her findings, she has not always published all the information she has, but please contact her direct if you are connected to any of the people here.)
It is only recently that Maurie Zinsli found out he had a Great Aunty Maria (Zinsli) and the circumstances of her final resting place. He has resolved that everyone buried here deserves acknowledgement as a person, despite the circumstances. His unflagging enthusiasm towards getting this cemetery landscaped and each person located and their plot named has driven this project. He has also spent a lot of time in front of the media - see our 'Media' page for some of the articles.
Bernice Smith (nee Zinsli, Maurie's cousin) is a genealogist of over 30 years. She has been supporting Anna and Maurie, and assisting where needed.
Several of the local genealogy groups have taken an interest in this project, and asked her to give a talk on the journey so far.
Together with her daughter Debbie, she has put together this website.
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