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Mesopotamia Station Cemetery
Mesopotamia, Canterbury Region, New Zealand

GPS: -43.631043, 170.910444

Mesopotamia 7990, New Zealand

Published: March 15, 2020
Total records: 20

Mesopotamia Cemetery is owned by Timaru District Council.

Cemetery History

The first person to be buried at Mesopotamia Station occurred over 150 years ago in March 1861.

It is the final resting place of Dr Andrew Sinclair, Colonial Secretary to the New Zealand Government, who was admired more for his contributions to botany than to his political career.

While accompanying his good friend Julius von Haast, Principal Geologist on a survey of the upper Rangitata, he drowned when their horse bolted while crossing the river. 

A walk around the cemetery reveals long family associations with the land "between the rivers" with the surnames Gifkins, Curtis and Prouting.

Cemetery Records

Records listed below were acquired from Canterbury Maps, a collaborative data portal of the 10 District Councils of Canterbury. These records were aquired from March 14, 2020. Canterbury Maps compiled this data on February 27, 2020.


AYERS, MT10_1
COOKSON, MT3_9
COOKSON, MT3_10
CURTIS, MT3_1
CURTIS, MT3_2
GIFKINS, MT2_2
GIFKINS, MT2_1
HANNAH, MT3_6
LOFFHAGEN, MT3_7
MCINTOSH, MT3_17
MCKAY, MT20_2
NEWMAN, MT15_1
NICOL, MT3_11
NICOL, MT3_12
PROUTING, MT1_4
PROUTING, MT1_3
PROUTING, MT1_2
PROUTING, MT1_1
SINCLAIR, MT20_1
UNDERHILL, MT10_2

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