Otago New Zealand
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Glenore Cemetery. NOW ON PRIVATE LAND. PERMISSION FROM THE LAND OWNER REQUIRED TO VISIT THE CEMETERY.
This Cemetery is located near the entrance to the Manuka Gorge on the highway from Clarksville to Queenstown.
It is a small cemetery, surrounded by a wire fence and some trees. Access is not easy as it requires some negotiation of a hilly narrow gravel road or track.
The area of Glenore was important in the early goldrush days of Otago. Some gold was found in the area, but it was more of a posting stage, and supply area for the goldminers heading inland.
Glenore itself was, in its heyday, a busy prosperous township, with a church, school, hotel, shops, and a large community to support it all.
The first burials took place in 1863 and 1864. These are now hard to find. Most burials are totally unmarked and genealogy researchers and others have worked hard to rebuild a list of who is where in this cemetery.
The last burial appears to have taken place in 1910.
The area is now administered by the Glenore Manuka Trust and The Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust of New Zealand.
What record books remain of this cemetery are held in the Hocken Collections Uare o Hakena University of Otago. In many cases the only proof of the burial is from what can be found in the old newspapers 'Otago Witness', 'Bruce Herald', 'Clutha Leader'. Those may be found at the website http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast
A truly historic cemetery.