Headstone of Eleanora & Archibald Turner

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Headstone of Eleanora & Archibald Turner.

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Eleanora Jane Turner (nee Simson) died on 11 November 1898, aged 66 years. She was buried at Mission Cemetery (Otamataha Pā). Her husband, Captain Archibald Campbell Turner, was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1835. He arrived in New Zealand in 1862 on board the 'Africa'. In 1863 he joined the Colonial Mounted Defence Force, and in May 1864 joined General Cameron's force at Tauranga. Archibald took part in the Battle of Te Ranga on 21 June 1864 and then in August joined the 1st Waikato Regiment. He then became part of a Tauranga survey team, surveying the Waimapu River and other confiscated land. He took up arms during the Tauranga Bush Campaign from late 1866 to March 1867. He was one of the pallbearers who moved Rawiri Puhirake's remains from Te Ranga to Mission Cemetery in 1870. Archibald died at Papamoa on 30 December 1912. He was buried with his wife Eleanora at Mission Cemetery (Otamataha Pā). Text and photograph by Debbie McCauley (1 October 2016). Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 16-264.

Obituary for Archibald Campbell Turner: https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/BOPT19130103.2.8

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