The NEILL family plot (Sect E, Row 57, Plot 174-175), in Purewa Cemetery… see a labelled satellite view here. It was found at the edge of the “Old Section” of the cemetery in rather sad condition. The cement covering was cracked, tilting the monuments at quite an angle. The surfaces of the inscriptions had deteriorated, making my initial attempts at photography very difficult. The gravestones were very fine examples of the monumental mason's art of ornate decoration, as well as being outstanding examples of the Victorian tradition of biblical quotes and imagery. Transcription of the larger stone is… “Olive Elizabeth, beloved younger daughter of Mr & Mrs A. Neill, died March 18, 1909, aged 23 years, “Not mine own, Jesus I belong to thee”. Also Agnes Mabel, second youngest daughter, died Jany 28th 1911, aged 28 years. “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling”. Also, Alexander W. Neill, born Sept 12th 1877, died Dec 11 1914, aged 37 years, “Abide with me”. Robert Carisbrook Neill, died February 8th 1965, aged 78 years.” …Photo: Courtesy of Katherine Hart, 2006.

Image of NEILL burial plot in Purewa Cemetery.