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LAWN EKETAHUNA - Marchant St, Eketahuna
Eketahuna (Old) (was Mellemskov) Marchant St, Eketahuna, Manawatu
Tararua District
Manawatu-Wanganui  New Zealand

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Marchant Street cemetery, which runs between Cullen & Septimus streets, is located 2.5km south west of the town of Eketahuna

Eketahuna is a small rural service town, the most southerly in the Tararua District in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand.

The name means, literally, "to run aground on a sandbank", and it is said that Maori canoes could not proceed beyond this part of the Makakahi River because of shoals.

Eketahuna was originally within the southern part of the Forty Mile Bush, which extended northwards beyond Woodville.

In 1870 and 1872 large parties of Scandinavian immigrants were transported by wagon from Wellington via "Rimutaka Hill" to Masterton and there housed temporarily.
In 1872 they were established at Mauriceville (named after Sir George Maurice O'Rorke.

A number of the settlers moved further north later in 1872 and founded Mellenskov, which soon afterwards was renamed Eketahuna.

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