|Dannevirke Old Cemetery, Manawatu|
|known as the SETTLERS Cemetery, |
Manawatu-Wanganui New Zealand
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Dannevirke, meaning "Danish creation" or "Danes' work" is known for its Scandinavian heritage, which dates back to 1872 when 21 Danish and Norwegian families arrived at the port of Napier and built their initial settlement in a clearing of the Seventy Mile Bush.
Dannevirke for which the town was named is an extensive Viking-age fortification line which had a strong emotive symbolic role for 19th Century Danes, especially after the site had fallen into German hands in the German-Danish War of 1864 - a recent and very painful event for these settlers.
The settlement quickly earned the nickname of "sleeper town", as the town's purpose was to provide totara sleepers for the Napier - Wellington railway line. At one stage the area had 50 operating sawmills. After the native bush was cleared, the land was turned into pasture for grazing animals.
The town's cemeteries are of considerable importance historically, and the settlers' cemetery attracts many visitors
Of the 890 burials, 160 were children aged under 1 year
SETTLERS CEMETERY DATABASE
Alfredton Rd - Eketahuna
Kaitawa - Pahiatua
Kumeroa - Woodville
Mangahao-Ballance - Pahiatua
Mangaoranga - Eketahuna
Mangatianoka - Pahiatua
Mangatera - Dannevirke
Newman - Eketahuna
Old Gorge - Woodville
Pinfold Rd Lawn - Woodville
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