500 posts and to celebrate…A look at Waihi Cemetery

Each time I drive to Auckland to visit the kiddywinkles I pass Waihi Cemetery and I finally managed to stop and spend some time there.

These  were taken with my cell phone (I think I LOVE the cell phone camera).

Waihi Cemetery was established prior to 1898 as the public cemetery for Waihi and surrounding rural areas, which also included the small coastal township of Waihi Beach.

Between the years 1902 and 1913 records from the cemetery were destroyed by fire.






And I was drawn to this guy.

I think it is a representation of the Archangel Gabriel because he is holding a horn.

I could not stop taking his photo.

But I will only bore you with three of them.



Author: Jo Bryant

I was born in the land of Banjo Paterson, gum trees, and weather extremes. I am a freelance writer. I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, but still like to claim my Australian heritage. I graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in 2008. I am writing my first novel. I love to write poetry, short stories, and also write for the web. And there is nothing that is on a par with a sunny summer's day spent at Waihi Beach.

51 thoughts on “500 posts and to celebrate…A look at Waihi Cemetery”

  1. I love photographing old cemeteries. The gravestones are becoming a lost art. I once went to the old Savanna Georgia graveyard and took pics. When I developed the films, there in one picture was the face of 3 children almost as clear as if they were really there, they weren’t! When I blew up the picture I found the grave actually held children who died in a house fire! It was the first and last ‘spooky’ event I ever had at a cemetery.


    1. Oh – a fellow cemetery lover.
      Bit spooky about the kids…ghost kids are scary…’cause I watch way too much Supernatural.
      When I was young I used to spend hours in cemeteries. Sydney has some good ones !!!


  2. I noticed the horn also, maybe it’s Herb Alpert

    Oh wait, he’s still alive. OK, it must be Gabriel then. The last of the three is my absolute favorite, that is soooo beautiful!

    WOW, 500 posts! I really need to step up the pace. 🙂


    1. That was my favourite of him as well Cap’n !!!

      Thank you for Herb…what a lovely surprise. I am not surprised YOU noticed the horn…hehehe
      As for Gabriel…well my all time favourite Gabriel is this fella…

      You better step up the pace…if you ever wanna TRY to catch me…hehehe !!


  3. Congratulations on 500 posts Jo! Don’t tell anyone, but I think old cemeteries are cool. Would love to photograph one someday. Beautiful cell phone photos!


    1. I will keep it VERY quite !!!

      Thank you for the nice comment Theresa…I keep saying it but that don’t make it any less true…your opinion means a lot to this gal !!!


  4. Oh my God 500??? when did you begin? what an amazing milestone well done!
    Phone cameras are incredibly useful now they are good quality too, no need to miss an opportunity any more 🙂


  5. Wow, Jo!
    This is a great post.
    Happy 500th!!! 🙂
    And yes, I too love the camera on my phone!
    These pictures are quite moving! There is something about a cemetery, especially one with some years.


    1. Thank you Joy for the kind wishes and the re-blogging…love that you did that !!!

      It was quite something to walk around the cemetery…very spiritual actually. I think I might start visiting a few more in the area.


  6. Very Sharp Cemetery Shots, Sense of History.
    It’s Time for My Wife and I to Find/Walk/Photo some Older Cemeteries, It is Always Neat to Try and Track Down the History of the People.


  7. Wonderful photos, interesting cemetery. I always liked a little angel at the top of a tombstone. It’s like that person is being guarded through eternity. I guess Gabriel watches over them all. 🙂


  8. 500!!!! I feel silly now celebrating my 100th. Hehe. Congrats for reaching your milestone. What an outstanding blogger you are keeping up and updating your blog all the time. Salute!


    1. Oh dear never feel silly for celebrating…100 is a great milestone…I am just a little OCD when it comes to doing …well anything really…hehehe

      of ALWAYS going OTT when I start something…


  9. The big 500 well done Jo
    I have around 45 I think 🙂
    Well there were many more
    but I have removed a vast
    amount from my Space…

    You have done well with your
    trusty mobile phone camera 🙂

    Have a great day and onward
    to the next 500 postings 🙂 😉

    Androgoth XXx


  10. Jo, I’m addicted to two things: hanging out in cemeteries and watching Supernatural. Your photos at Waihi are lovely and I’m sooooo glad I scrolled down to read the comments. What a nice surprise to see the boys. Congrats on your milestone! I’ve almost made it to 10. ; )


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