Pos S  44 56.741'
E 169 54.369'
Blackstone is truly in Central Otago, in the last of the wide valleys before real mountains loom around. Its at the northern end of the Ida Valley where the rail line that used to come all the way from Dunedin peaks in height before dropping down the next valley towards Alexandra.

That rail embankment is now a popular bike track, part of a system that will eventually link up with other sections and provide a round trip route, with easy grades and plenty of viewing stops on the way.

A little east is the valley of the Maniototo and Ranfurly, while to the west is St. Bathans and the places they sluiced for gold. The cemetery is close by the road on Hills Creek Road, a local service road that cuts south from Highway 85 into the Ida Valley itself.

We have now gone to a live on-line database called MOP ('Myra's Other Place') and all the older records listed are being steadily being copied over. In this case we did not have a page for Mangapai before now so you will have to go directly to MOP. The MOP database has a lot more than just cemetery records and is worth checking out here where you can log in as Guest password guest.

To find a person enter the surname in the target box and presss ENTER. This will list every case of that surname across all cemeteries. To list all persons in a particular cemetery enter the name of the cemetery and change the pull-down option immediately to the left from LAST NAME to CEMETERY then ENTER.

Collected and collated by Alan Wagener


Sample of MOP search screen