Notable Graves at Purewa

Those Who Have Gone Before Us

We are proud to have the history of Auckland reflected in our grounds, with some of New Zealand’s earliest settlers and notable citizens laid to rest here. Many notable people have biographies that have been thoughtfully written by a researcher – please search to find someone specific.

Search for a Notable Grave

Walter FRICKER

Walter FRICKER

Walter Fricker was born in Somerset, England and came to New Zealand in 1863. He introduced the world’s first airmail postage stamp when he launched a pigeongram service between Great Barrier Island and Auckland in 1897.

R.A.K. Mason

R.A.K. Mason

Most critics regard R.A.K. Mason as New Zealand’s first authentic poet with a poetic intensity attributed in part, to his extraordinary youth. He was only 19 when he published his first collection of poems and most of his ‘Collected Poems’ were written before he turned 25.

David Alexander HAY

David Alexander HAY

Born in Gloucestershire England, Hay was the son of the founder of Montpellier Nurseries and introduced Pinus Radiata to New Zealand. He was an authority on plants and held senior positions in the Auckland Horticulture Society and the New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.

View a service online