WYNDHAM: Archive

Pos S  46 18.943'
E 168 52.919'
Like Mataura, Wyndham is in Southland, yet another small agricultural township that has outgrown its roots. When today we casually drive along a sealed road and take mere minutes to travel distances the pioneers needed a day for we fail to realise the limitations that brought to a place, how schools and churches and cemeteries tended to cluster together and so create a 'centre' that grew as more children were born, more farms created out of soggy bushland and more services were established such as pubs and places to care for horses.

Often the two latter described would be the same place. In the case of Wyndham the coming of the rail line up the Mataura shifted the economic balance and roads into some connecting rail head became important, then the rail head itself became less relevant as a better network of roads allowed faster and cheaper freight services.

The cemetery is on Mimihau School Road, a little NE of the town and best found by travelling north on on Wydndham Road alongside the river and taking the Mimihau turnoff.

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