From the 1850’s Anglican and Catholic cemeteries have been attached to the two churches in Otahuhu. The Anglican Church dates from 1851 (with cemetery records from 1856 to 1989) and the Catholic, at the corner of Hutton and High Streets, from 1856 (with cemetery records from 1861 to 1982). Both these cemeteries include burials of Fencible settlers, those killed in the New Zealand wars of the 1860’s, and many other early settlers from the area.

During the nineteenth century there was an increasing need to recognise the burial needs of other denominations, as an example the first Presbyterian Church was built in Otahuhu in 1855. Thus, the 3 acre Otahuhu Public Cemetery was constituted on 7 July 1880, to the west of the 1 acre Anglican Cemetery at the corner of Church and Luke Streets. The Anglican Cemetery is now Holy Trinity Memorial Park. The first Trustees were John Gordon, Joseph Elmsley M.D., Andrew Mackenzie Donald, Thomas Stringer and George Hotham.

The Otahuhu Road Board administered the Public Cemetery from 1 August 1894 to 1912. By the 1890’s Anglicans and Catholics from the Otahuhu area were also being buried in the Public Cemetery, but unfortunately burial records date only from 7 February 1894. The Otahuhu Borough Council administered the Public Cemetery from 1912 to 1989 when it joined the new Auckland City. The Cemetery was closed in 1986. The Auckland City Council retains the records of those buried in the Public Cemetery.

This cemetery is situated at the junction of Atkinson Avenue and Luke Street, Otahuhu. There are 5 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 9 of the 1939-1945 war here.

World War 1:
Photo Service No Rank Name Unit Date of Death
38346 Private CHAPMAN, GEORGE Auckland Regiment 25th February 1919
10/2872 Corporal BROOKS, WILLIAM HENRY Wellington Regiment 14th February 1920
13/77 Second Lieutenant HALIDAY, FREDERICK ARTHUR Auckland Mounted Rifles 4th May 1921
55137 Private McCARTHY, ARTHUR JOSEPH 28th, Reinforcements NZEF 6th July 1920
40573 Private JOHNSTON, DAVID Auckland Regiment 20th July 1918
World War 2:
Photo Service No Rank Name Unit Date of Death
NZ4214312 Aircraftman 2nd Class ATKINS, COLIN GRANVILLE Royal New Zealand Air Force 26th May 1943
NZ4216504 Corporal BREADON, JAMES THEODORE Royal New Zealand Air Force 11th August 1944
454404 Private COOPER, ALLAN RAYMOND N.Z. Military Forces 27th February 1946
H 6424 Gunner EVANS, ALBERT GEORGE N.Z. Artillery 26th October 1940
NZ431958 Leading Aircraftman GRAHAM, EDWIN LAWRENCE Royal New Zealand Air Force 4th June 1945
24684 Serjeant McLELLAN, SAMUEL N.Z. Military Forces 19th April 1944
NZ4310378 Sergeant SHARPE, WARREN SELWYN Royal New Zealand Air Force 4th August 1945
NZ421485 Aircraftman 1st Class WALKER, EDWIN ATHOL Royal New Zealand Air Force 6th January 1945
14390 Second Lieutenant WALTERS, JACK DOUGLAS N.Z. Armoured Corps 24th March 1946

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