Monday, March 21, 2011
One fine Sunday we visited Waikumete Cemetery where many of the Austen family are buried. Waikumete is one of the largest cemeteries in the Southern Hemisphere (covering 107 hectares) and the final resting place for over 70,000 people, it is situated in West Auckland and was established in 1886.
John and Anne are buried here in the Wesley Division C Row 5 Plot 64. Next door to them in Plot 62 are their two older sons, John James who died in 1898 and William in 1911. There are no grave stones, but this is the area below - they are near the top of the little hill, on the right.
Mary Jane, George and his wife Elizabeth are interred in the Anglican Division. Caroline is in the Non Conformist division. Both Mary Jane and Caroline have infants buried here in Waikumete. Alfred and Arthur were cremated and there ashes scattered here.
The only marker we could find was this one for Joseph and Agnes.