PAHIATUA (meaning "The Home of the Gods) was founded by William Wilson McCardle who is buried in Mangatainoka with family members. Some of his children are buried here
The first burial here was that of Matilda Jane Thomas on the 5th October 1895
thank you to Wendy on how this cemetery came to be ... "someone died at Ballance but they couldn't ford the Manawatu River to get the body into Pahiatua (Mangatainoka) as it was in flood and there was no bridge or punt back then. They called a quick meeting and decided they needed to have a burial place for this person on the Ballance side of the Manawatu River. A farmer gifted the township a plot of land and they buried the person at the now Mangahao-Ballance Cemetery"
As at September 2010 there were:
- 231 BURIALS in this cemetery and
- 5 MEMORIALS to children of those buried:
Terence Patrick Ness - killed in France 1917
Thomas Jeremiah Ness - killed Belgium
Athol Wallace Smith - killed in Israel 1917
Leonard Herbert Sowry - killed in France 1917
James Arthur Tait - killed in Belgium 1917
the MANGAHAO-BALLANCE DATABASE
includes many other cemeteries in the area
GPS Coordinates: -40.42768, 175.78904
- Added: 27 Sep 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2371623
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