Sir Frank Crossley Mappin was born in England and came to New Zealand in 1908. After trying his hand as a farm cadet and on the North Kaipara gun fields, he bought a 20-acre orchard at Wade (later known as Silverdale).
Later Mappin bought a six-acre property in Epsom and adjoining land to create ‘Birchlands’, which in 1969, became a residence for the Governor General. The Mappins were generous benefactors to many charities and community organisations. Sir Frank Mappin 1884-1975 is buried in Block A, Row 17, Plot 070A.
Sir Frank Crossley Mappin
Block A, Row 17, Plot 070A.