Topic: Omata Graves/ Primitive Methodist Chapel Site

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Corner SH 45 and Holloway Road,Omata

Holloway & Hurford Graves

Omata Graves

Cemetery associated with the Omata Primitive Methodist Chapel

Two headstones are present - 1. William Holloway & Frances Hart  and 2. John Hurford.


Inscription on Left Gravestone

In Memory of William Holloway

Who died Janry 23 1855

Aged 50 Years

Also of Frances Hart his wife

Who died April 3 1892

Aged 72 years

Arrived at New Plymouth

On the Barque Blenheim

19th Nov. 1842


[Frances Holloway (neé Anthony] married Robert Hart in 1856]



On right headstone

In Honoured Memory


John Hurford

Killed by Hostile Maoris

2 - 8 - 1860

Erected by N Z Govt

A third stone to the right is thought to originally have had a plaque identifying the site as that of the Omata Primitive Methodist Church, opened in 1852. (Ref: Fifty Years of Primitve Methodism in NZ, 1893) The chapel was demolished in the 1950s,. The building (See Image below) was once used as an extra classroom fpr the adjoining Omata School.

John Hurford was a local farmer who arrived as a New Plymouth Company setter on the Blenheim. He was killed, while checking crops and stock on his farm in what is now Hurford Road. James Gaffney, one of four Royal Artillery escorts was also killed in the incident,  (See Document below)

The Omata graves became overgrown but were revealed in 1957 by roadworks nearby (See Taranaki Herald 18 Sept 1957 in Documents below)


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Omata Graves/ Primitive Methodist Chapel Site

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