Monday, 30 October 2017

Maketu has gone to the dogs...


Like I've mentioned before, Cemeteries interest me...this one we visited in Maketu also has historical part graves to it - these ones are in the newer part. This one caught my eye....judging by the headstone on the grave I'd say this one is affiliated with a local gang, looks like the Mongrel Mob and the dogs on top show that the person must've loved bulldogs.


According to local history many Maori pa were situated in various parts of the area around the early part of European occupation. The history lies in it's numerous burial grounds especially in Wharekaru are graves of some Pakeha and Maori leaders including Philip Tapsell and Anne Chapman who established the first local school in Maketu. The open fields of the Peninsula are considered sacred ground (Tapu).

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10 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, that gravestone is very interesting. I also like cemeteries, especially the older ones and sometimes I puzzle over how they are decorated and what people leave.

William Kendall said...

The dogs I can appreciate, but the gravestone looks rather garish.

Andy said...

( ⚆ _ ⚆ ) It is amazing what people will do for you after you are dead.

Wayne said...

I've never seen gravestones like that, that's pretty cool.

Photo Cache said...

Yes, that cemetery is pretty cool. Is it primarily a pet cemetery?

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Amazing cemetery -- so colorful. Seems like a place where people would remember their loved ones as they were in life with smiles instead of only tears. (Even if the hobbies memorialized on these headstones are not things that would make me smile, I think I understand what they are doing).

Amy said...

it's not a pet cemetery, it's for people but the person who is in this section was probably a dog lover hence the dog statues on top of the grave.

Lady Fi said...

Ha ha - cute dogs!

Klara said...

very unusual. looking at the thumbnail I thought it was a pet cemetery.

Rhonda Albom said...

That is the most unusual grave I have seen.

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