|Fairlie-Tekapo Rd (State Highway 8)|
Canterbury New Zealand
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Burkes Pass Cemetery is located on State Highway 8 just west of Burkes Pass, approximately 15 minutes by car from Fairlie and 15 minutes from Tekapo.
It is named after Michael John Burke, a graduate of Dublin University, who discovered the passageway leading into the Mackenzie Country in 1855
- it was originally known as Cabbage Tree Creek, then Clulee, and finally Burkes Pass
It was the first Cemetery in the Mackenzie District.
Surveyed in 1881, the land was donated by Mr A. B. Smith of Rollesby.
Francis James Cowan, died aged 9 on the 19 November 1873
- he was a son of Andrew Cowan, Ferry Keeper of Tekapo
- he is the first recorded burial but others (names unknown) were buried earlier before the survey.
The entrance is two wooden gates flanked by stone pillars
The active part of the cemetery occupies less than 50% of the 2 hectares available and contains 760 plots of which 335 are in use or have been pre-sold
More can be seen on the site:
SOUTH CANTERBURY'S CEMETERIES
BURKES PASS HERITAGE TRUST
BURKES PASS CEMETERY DATABASE
- also includes Albury, Fairlie and Twizel -