ROTOROA ISLAND (extract from Auckland City Town Plan)

Rotoroa Island is a small island in the Hauraki Gulf, about 40 kilometres north of Auckland. This is a relatively small (82.5 ha) island located to the east of Waiheke and between Pakatoa and Ponui islands. This island has been owned by the Salvation Army since 1907 and it has been developed and managed as a centre for the treatment and rehabilitation of people suffering from addiction problems.

The original natural vegetation was largely destroyed in the 1850’s and the land converted to arable farming although some remnants of native bush remain. The original farm house (and a later tearooms) have been modified and additional buildings constructed for the treatment and rehabilitation centre and staff housing. The island has been used for farming, horticulture and woodlots ancillary to its principal purpose. However the beaches, cliffs and land within close proximity of the sea are relatively undisturbed.

Access to the island by the general public is restricted under the Trespass Act (1980) in order to protect the privacy and security of those under treatment and rehabilitation. A jetty provides boat access for the operations of the centre.

The resource management strategy for Rotoroa Island is to provide for the continued use and development of the land unit for social and community purposes, and particularly the addiction treatment and rehabilitation programme undertaken by the Salvation Army. Whilst providing for these activities, recognition is also given to the need to protect the coastline, indigenous flora and fauna, and the visual character and amenity of the island. The method used to achieve this strategy is to adopt specific rules which manage the range of activities, their intensity, and the bulk and location of buildings. The strategy recognises that Rotoroa Island is unique amongst the other islands of the Inner Gulf in that it is the only island that is privately owned by a single entity whose purpose it is to provide social and community services in a private and secure environment to a particular section of the wider community. The treatment and rehabilitation centre is a Gazetted Institution under the Drug Addiction Act: 1966.

Buildings, Object, Areas or Places of Special Value

The cemetery is an example of an early 1900 burial plot. The earliest dated grave is 1911. It was used for both patients and staff of the Salvation Army based on Rotoroa Island.

GRIFFIN, EDWARD JAMES 17711 Private 07/11/1918




Waikaraka Cemetery is in Neilson Street, Te Papapa, Auckland. There are 41 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 11 of the 1939-1945 war here.

World War 1:
Photo Service No Rank Name Unit Date of Death
8/307A Lieutenant Colonel LUXFORD, JOHN ALDRED CMG N.Z. Chaplains’ Dept. 28th January 1921
9/1573 Private HOOD, JAMES N.Z. Engineers 8th November 1918
38541 Lance Corporal KELSALL, CYRIL JEFFERY N.Z. Rifle Brigade 25th November 1918
23133 Corporal BADDILEY, AUGUSTUS GEORGE N.Z. Rifle Brigade 23rd August 1920
24/175 Rifleman HENDERSON, THOMAS GORDON N.Z. Rifle Brigade 7th January 1919
12/1424 Lance Corporal GRIFFITHS, HUGH ERNEST Auckland Regiment 17th November 1918
40550 Private GRUPEN, WILLIAM FREDERICK Auckland Regiment 14th November 1918
25/1127 Rifleman GILCHRIST, HENRY CLIFFORD N.Z. Rifle Brigade 10th March 1917
38762 Company Serjeant Major SMITH, JAMES READSHAW Auckland Regiment 10th July 1919
21418 Sapper OGDEN, GEORGE N.Z. Engineers 23rd September 1919
12/2905 Captain SENIOR, CHARLES HASTINGS ALEXANDER MC Auckland Regiment 27th October 1918
4/1585 Serjeant RAFFERTY, WALTER HERBERT Tunnelling Coy., N.Z. Engineers 27th March 1920
26/949 Private WHELAN, WILLIAM N.Z. Training Unit 20th December 1915
28743 Private LYE, ERNEST VICTOR Auckland Regiment 19th November 1918
24082 Private THOMSON, ROBERT Otago Regiment 19th September 1919
24468 Private WREN, JOHN WILLIAM Auckland Regiment 15th December 1918
64351 Private ROGERS, WALTER MERTHYR N.Z. Training Unit 12th November 1918
21189 Private BLAIKIE, ALFRED JAMES Auckland Regiment 22nd September 1917
28777 Private O’DEA, JACK ANDREW Auckland Regiment 24th October 1917
24/1419 Rifleman LUTHER, WILLIAM JOHN N.Z. Rifle Brigade 26th November 1919
4/1398 Serjeant WORTH, WILLIAM HENRY Tunnelling Coy., N.Z. Engineers 20th February 1921
12359 Private DELAHUNTY, PATRICK Auckland Regiment 13th June 1919
13/271 Serjeant BAGNALL, GEORGE STEVENSON N.Z. Field Artillery 18th November 1918
13/1087 Trooper ROBINS, ARTHUR Auckland Mounted Rifles 29th November 1919
13/645 Trooper DEACON, FRANCIS Auckland Mounted Rifles 14th October 1920
28731 Private JEROME, BENJAMIN LEON N.Z. Training Unit 27th July 1916
42979 Gunner MOORE, CHARLES ARTHUR N.Z. Field Artillery 22nd May 1921
3/1385 Private CLEMENS, ROY MM N.Z. Medical Corps 3rd November 1918
301326 Staff Serjeant McLENNAN, MURDOCK Tank Corps., BEF 12th May 1920
2/3168 Gunner CHILTON, HENRY GEORGE N.Z. Field Artillery 15th April 1916
24/170 Rifleman HARRIS, WILLIAM N.Z. Training Unit 5th July 1915
13/593 Corporal PALMER, DAVID HUNTER Auckland Mounted Rifles 13th May 1920
12/3603 C.Q.M.S. CUTHBERTSON, WILLIAM JAMES MM Auckland Regiment 22nd April 1920
39569 Private WALTON, ALFRED HARDY Auckland Regiment 15th November 1918
2/1061 Gunner McNAIR, ALEXANDER N.Z. Field Artillery 14th January 1918
26897 Private NUGENT, THOMAS N.Z. Training Unit 5th September 1916
Private McREYNOLDS, FREDERICK N.Z. Training Unit 26th December 1916
27803 Private FISH, SAMUEL HENRY N.Z. Machine Gun Corps 18th July 1920
Private GRIBBLE, ERNEST SAMUEL N.Z. Training Unit 23rd July 1915
Private McKINSTRY, LESLIE GORDON N.Z. Training Unit 29th September 1915
Private MAGEE, SAMUEL RUSSELL N.Z. Training Unit 13th October 1915
Post World War 1: (Died after the War from disease contracted or wounds inflicted during WW1.  Not on CWGC database)
Photo Service No Rank Name Unit Date of Death
9/1819 Driver DURRANT. W.J. Field Artillery 26th Jan 1923
35639 Sapper HENDRY. F.D. Engineers 6th June 1925
2/1201 Gunner SMITH, Frederick Charles Field Artillery 10th Aug 1922
74105 Private McCLOSKEY, J.M. 37th Reinforcement 31st Aug 1928
6/2340 Private HUTCHISON, S. 5th Reinforcement 8th May 1923
World War 2:
Photo Service No Rank Name Unit Date of Death
412657 Pilot Officer COLDHAM, GEOFFREY THOMAS RNZAF 11th Jun 1942
38653 Private NEWTON, JAMES WILLIAM N.Z. Military Forces 15th Apr 1942
23216 Serjeant STOCKWELL, LEONARD WINSTON N.Z. Artillery 24th May 1944
402845 Flight Lieutenant BOUCHER, HILLIARD ERNEST RNZAF 13th Feb 1945
416102 Pilot Officer ELLIOTT, MASON IRVINE RNZAF 23rd Aug 1942
41983 Corporal HEDLUND, JAMES OSCAR N.Z. Ordnance Corps 10th Sept 1943
416125 Flight Sergeant McDOUGALL, DOUGLAS HAIG RNZAF 19th Dec 1943
425373 Flight Sergeant CARLSEN, IRVING FAIRFAX RNZAF 2nd Nov 1944
1/8C/7 Serjeant DUNCAN, HENRY CLYDE N.Z. Medical Corps 1st Dec 1941
1/22/113 Corporal O’BRIEN, CHARLES JOHN N.Z. Military Forces 8th Jan 1941
5/1/1109 Private HEWITT, WILLIAM HENRY N.Z. Military Forces 6th Aug 1942
Photographs and Research by Phil Lascelles
Updated Wednesday February 15, 2006 21:20:12 +1200




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



This small low farmed island of 179 hectares lies between Motutapu and Waiheke Islands some 11 km northeast of Auckland. Sir John Logan Campbell lived on Motuihe Inland as early as 1843. Robert Graham purchased it for farming in 1858. Purchased by the Crown in 1872, it was a quarantine station for many years. During the 1914-18 war it served an Internment camp for Germans and other aliens and afterwards as a quarantine station. Among its notable prisoners were Count Felix von Luckner and Lieutenant Kirchweiss of the raider “Seeadler” and Dr Schultz- Governor of German Samoa. Lt. Cdr. Count Felix von Luckner, who with his sailing ship “Seeadler” accounted for 86,000 tons of allied shipping before being captured in the Cook Islands. In 1917 von Luckner and his crew made a daring escape from Motuihe, commandeered a vessel and sailed over 900 km north where they were eventually captured at the Kermadec Islands. The 80 or so internees were transferred to Narrow Neck, Devonport 16 December 1918 to make room for the passengers and crew of the R.M.S. Makura who were infected with Influenza. The New Zealand Herald of 2-5 December 1918 listed 39 men, 24 women, 10 children and 2 infants, passengers who were to be landed at Motuihe.

Motuihe Island is now part of the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.

Recorded graves in the Motuihe Island Cemetery include:

  1. Headstone:
    Private F. D. BRADBURY, Home Service Section, died 12.11.1918. N.Z.E.F.
    N.Z.Herald, 14 Nov 1918: Roll of Honour – BRADBURY, on November 12,1918, of influenza and pneumonia, at Motuihe Island (guard), Frederick Donovan, dearly loved husband of Myrtle W.Bradbury, Pakuranga Aged 30 years.

  2. Headstone:
    In memory of Kenneth McLEOD, Seamen, R.M.S. Makura, died 6.12.18. Age 25.
    N.Z.Herald, 9 December 1918: One of the seamen, Denis (sic) had died of pneumonia on Friday right. The deceased was one of the first patients taken ashore. The interment took place on the island yesterday.

  3. Headstone:
    In memory of Thomas ROWAN, seaman R.M.S. Makura, died 9.12.18. Aged 49.
    N.Z.Herald, 11 Dec 1918; Deaths at Motuihe – Mr Thomas Rowan, an A.B.

  4. Headstone:
    In memory of J. Johnston Greaser, R.M.S. Makura, died 10.12.18. Aged 33.
    N.Z. Herald, 11 Dec 1918 Deaths at Motuihe – Mr J.Johnston, a fireman.

  5. Plot without a headstone.

  6. Indecipherable headstone: Patrick FINNIGAN (?Finnugan or Finnucan)
    5 or 6 may be the grave of a smallpox victim of 1873 :Lorrie Walsh: Motuihe, the History of Auckland’s Lovely Marine Park, (1937), p9.

  7. Headstone:
    Ethel BROWNING, wife of Captain E.J.Browning, who died at Motuihe Island on 19th Dec 1918 whilst voluntarily nursing influenza patients from R.M.S. Makura. Aged 28 years. Her Life for Others.
    N.Z.Herald, 20 Dec 1918: BROWNING. On Dec 19, 1918 on Motuihe Island, Ethel, dearly beloved wife of Lieutenant E.J.Browning, Asst. Adj-General, Auckland Military District and only daughter of G.V. Kemsley Esq. and Mrs Kemsley of Waikanae, whilst voluntarily nursing influenza patients from R.M.S. Makura. Interred on Motuihe Island yesterday.

The island reverted to a public domain in 1963 and with its attractive swimming beaches on either side of the narrow isthmus that offer sheltered conditions in any winds, kiosk selling refreshments and toilets, it is very popular for day visitors during summer months. Access is by ferry which depart at regular scheduled times. There is limited accommodation and camping, and barbeques are available for day visitors to use (bookings are essential).

This cemetery is on Motuihe Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, and is approximately 16 kilometres from Auckland, east of Rangitoto. The cemetery is located at Cemetery Point, at the north end of the island. The island was purchased by the New Zealand government in 1873 for use as a quarantine station. It was used as an internment camp during the 1914-1918 War, and was known as H.M.S. “Tamaki” in both World Wars. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1914-1918 war here.

BRADBURY, FREDERICK DONOVAN Private 12th November 1918




This cemetery is situated at the junction of McKenzie Road and Kirkbride Road, Mangere. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1914-1918 war and 5 of the 1939-1945 war here.

World War 1:
Photo Service Rank Name Regiment Date of death Age
52202 Private HAMILTON, GEORGE Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 17/11/1918 Unknown
World War 2:
Photo Service Rank Name Regiment Date of death Age
436421 Private ASHWIN, CECIL DON N.Z. Army Service Corps 27/09/1941 19
5/1/2281 Private GREANEY, ROBERT DUFF N.Z. Military Forces 20/05/1942 19
67057 Serjeant UNDRILL, ARTHUR LESLIE N.Z. Infantry 23/07/1942 24
6291 Ordinary Seaman GRIFFITH, ROWLAND WILLIAM Royal New Zealand Navy 06/07/1943 24
1916 Pilot Officer CRAIG, FRANCIS WILLIAM Royal New Zealand Air Force 25/10/1943 35



View from cemetery across Manukau Harbour towards South Auckland


The cemetery is in Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1914-1918 war and 24 of the 1939-1945 war here.

World War 1
Photo Service Rank Name Regiment

Date of death

35212 Private MINOGUE, MICHAEL JOSEPH N.Z. Training Unit

18 Dec 1916

World War 2
Photo Service Rank Name Regiment

Date of death

8743 Private TIMMINS, CECIL HAROLD N.Z. Infantry

23 Jul 1943


25 Jul 1944

413860 Leading Aircraftman LAMBOURNE, BRYAN WALTER RNZAF

11 Sep 1941


16 Dec 1941

800147 Captain McDONALD, ROBERT HENRY N.Z. Military Forces

16 Dec 1942

63835 Corporal MORAN, KENNETH NOEL PATRICK N.Z. Infantry

13 Jun 1946

T/124X Engine Room Artificer HURT, FREDERICK NORMAN RNZN

04 Jan 1945

1/18/210 Lieutenant HINE, CHARLES PERCY N.Z. Infantry

24 Mar 1941

20240 Captain PEPPER, CYRIL STENNART N.Z. Artillery

30 May 1943

474938 Officer Cadet YOLLAND, LESLIE SANIGAR N.Z. Training Unit

30 Aug 1942


10 Oct 1944

569887 Private JOHNSON, CYRIL JOHN (TIM) N.Z. Military Forces

05 May 1942

48243 Serjeant HOCKENHULL, JACK N.Z. Armoured Corps

13 Jan 1943

1/22/297 Private BOUGHTON, ANDREW JOHN N.Z. Military Forces

03 Jul 1942

1/6/313 Signalman COCKER, ROBERT HENRY N.Z. Corps of Signals

21 Feb 1942

5/1/916 Serjeant JACKSON, WALTER JAMES DOMNEY N.Z. Military Forces

16 Jan 1942

D/MX/48723 Ordnance Artificer COPPLESTONE, ERNEST FREDERICK Royal Navy

27 Aug 1944

1/14/885 Trooper BYRN, DOUGLAS HORACE STORRING N.Z. Armoured Corps

14 Jun 1942

1/16/273 Gunner DRYSDALE, CHARLES JAMES N.Z. Artillery

18 Sep 1942

483851 Private FOSTER, ALLEN CRANLEIGH N.Z. Military Forces

15 Sep 1943

800934 Corporal GROGAN, EDWARD ALFRED N.Z. Military Forces

21 Jul 1943

282112 Lieutenant RICHTER, JOHN LLEWELYN RAE N.Z. Military Forces

05 Dec 1943

812288 Private COOK, ARTHUR FRANK N.Z. Military Forces

16 Jun 1944

416822 Aircraftman 2nd Class CROWHURST, JACK RNZAF

14 Jan 1945


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The cemetery is at 100, St. Andrew’s Road, Epsom, Auckland, in the grounds of St. Andrew’s Church. There are 2 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 1 of the 1939-1945 war here.

World War 1:

BURNS, JOHN CULLEN 56092 Serjeant Major 23/08/1918
FERGUSON, ALEXANDER BURNS Sub-Lieutenant 14/07/1920

World War 2:

KIRK, THOMAS EVERTON NZ40649 Pilot Officer 14/11/1940



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