Nile Hill Cemetery

Location
Charleston
Westport, Buller District, West Coast, New Zealand Add to Map
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History and How it got its name

Charleston and Constant Bay are said to have been named in honour of Captain Charles Bonner, skipper of the supply ship Constant, who risked his life to bring food to over 1,000 starving miners cut off from food supplies by high rivers and storms. In early mining days the Bay offered deeper water than it does now. But the narrow passage in was still death-defying and the only way a ship could tie up safely was into giant iron rings set into the rocks on each side of the Bay.

For an interesting look into the past, visit the two local cemeteries - one for the Protestants, north on Nile Hill, and one for the Catholics 400 metres south. The headstones tell stories of early and often violent death.

  • Added: 26 Feb 2015
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