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Waikumete cemetery

Waikumete cemetery

This is the crematorium at Waikumete cemetery in Glen Eden. The burial ground was established in 1886 to replace the Symonds Street graveyard (central Auckland). At 108 hectares it is New Zealand’s largest cemetery. It includes a section of early Jewish graves, a memorial to hundreds of people who died in the 1918 influenza epidemic, and another to the unidentified victims of the 1979 Erebus plane crash in Antarctica. Some of the gravestones reflect the range of cultures in Auckland. Large mausoleums have been built for the Corban family (Lebanon) and many Croatian families who settled in Henderson. These include the Nobilos and Ercegs, Marinkovichs, Zencics and Vuletics. The newest sections of the cemetery are filled with Asian and Pasifika graves, some of which are embossed with gold and have exuberant decorations.

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Margaret McClure, 'Auckland places - West Auckland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16137/waikumete-cemetery (accessed 14 December 2019)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 5 Aug 2016