Andersons Bay Cemetery

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Location of Andersons Bay Cemetery in Dunedin's main urban area

Andersons Bay Cemetery is a major cemetery in the New Zealand city of Dunedin. It is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to the southeast of the city centre, on a rocky outcrop which forms the inland part of Lawyer's Head, a promontory which juts into the Pacific Ocean. The cemetery is bounded on the western and southern sides by Chisholm Park Golf Course, and to the east by steep slopes which descend to the Tomahawk Lagoon. Despite its name, the cemetery is located in the suburb of Tahuna, which lies immediately to the south of the suburb of Andersons Bay, and almost 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from the former (now largely reclaimed) bay itself, at the head of the Otago Harbour.

View of Anderson's Bay Cemetery
One of the oldest parts of Anderson's Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand, showing headstones dating from the 1870s

The cemetery is the largest in Dunedin, and as such one of the largest in the South Island. In existence by 1867,[1] the cemetery was the city's main burial site from the early twentieth century until the 1980s, and also contains several older sets of remains which were re-interred here from other sites.

The crematorium, opened in 1927,[2] is still in use. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) commemorates 2 World War II New Zealand servicemen cremated here.[3]

The cemetery originally went by the imposing name of the Eastern Necropolis, but this quickly fell out of favour to be replaced with its current, more prosaic, name.

Andersons Bay Cemetery is noted for its large military memorial section, with many ex-servicemen having been buried here. Notable among them are Victoria Cross recipients Duncan Gordon Boyes and Horace Robert Martineau.[4] The latter is one of 64 World War I Commonwealth service personnel buried here whose graves are registered and maintained by the CWGC, who are also responsible for 54 war graves from World War II.[5]

The cemetery is also notable for its section of restored gravestones of early Dunedin Chinese settlers.[6] Other prominent permanent residents include architects Edmund Anscombe and Francis Petre.


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  2. ^ McDonald, K. C. City of Dunedin: A Century of Civic Enterprise. 1965, Dunedin City Corporation, Dunedin, New Zealand, p. 344
  3. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.
  4. ^ Victoria Cross burials
  5. ^ [2][permanent dead link] CWGC Cemetery Report.
  6. ^ The Chinese in New Zealand Archived June 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 45°54′16″S 170°32′03″E / 45.9044°S 170.5343°E / -45.9044; 170.5343