Topic: Charles William Broughton - Memorial (1866) & Grave (1937)

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Memorial: Christ Church, Wicksteed St, Whanganui. Grave: Patea Cemetery, Scotland Street, Patea.

Broughton Memorial - 1866? 

Charles Broughton Memorial, Christ Church, Whanganui

Original Inscription


to the Memory of



Interpreter to the


Who was murdered

by the rebel Natives

Whilst under a Flag

of Truce

at Kakaramea

on the

1st October 1865


by the Officers

Serving on the

West Coast under

Brigadier-Genl Waddy C. B.

The oriiginal inscription on the memorial has been copied to a metal plaque beneath.


Charles Broughton's Grave

Charles Broughton's Grave, Patea Cemetery 



 In Memory of

William Charles


Interpreter of the Forces

Killed at Kakaramea 1 Oct 1865

Erected by N Z Govt


Charles William Broughton (1833-1865) - interpreter to the military forces in Whanganui - was killed at Otautu - some reports say Otoia - near Kakaramea on 1 October 1865.

His body was thrown into the Patea River and on 15 November it was found, badly decomposed, at Patea and buried on the spot.(See Documents & also a map in Images below)

Because of erosion of the riverbank, his body was exhumed and re-interred at the Patea Cemetery in 1937.(See Document TDN 19 Feb 1937 below)


Broughton Memorial, Whanganui - 1866?

A memorial to Charles Broughton is on the Christ Church's street frontage at 229 Wicksteed St, Whanganui (See Web link  & Image below)

 In late 1865 the district military commander, Brigadier-General [Waddy], suggested a subscription should be raised "sufficient to place a tablet or ornamental window, to the memory of the deceased in the Episcopal [Anglican] church at Wanganui." (Evening Post, 9 Dec1865 from Wanganui Chronicle. See Document below)


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Charles William Broughton - Memorial (1866) & Grave (1937)

Last Name:Broughton
Place of Birth:London
Charles William Broughton - Memorial (1866) & Grave (1937) by Ron is Copyright Act 1994