Romahapa cemetery

Pos S  46 20.751'
E 169 42.256'
The Clutha River forms a natural boundary south of Dunedin and has good arable land on both banks. In addition the river itself provided a way to move about and transport goods, at least when it wasn't in flood! As a consequence the areas around the lower Clutha became settled quite early on and the small cemeteries still hold the settlers.

Many in local areas came together on the same vessels from places as far away as Scotland and Denmark, all facing a new reality with no easy way to return to the homeland.

One of the larger towns that sprang up was Balclutha, but scattered around in the bush of the day were several small settlements where people grouped together to share resources and learn the new rules of living.

Romahapa is such a place; in today's world you must cross the river and drive south through Balclutha township, then take the Owaka turn on the left. A few kilometers on Romahapa is signposted on the right and to get to the the beautiful little cemetery with its bush setting you drive through the cluster of houses and take the school road on the left. The cemetery is on the left just past the school. 

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