A chance sighting of a headstone in the Jewish section of Auckland’s Symonds Street Cemetery has evoked links back to the earliest days of trade in the Far North.

The headstone, commemorating the life of trader Samuel Yates from ‘Parengarenga North Cape’ – as recorded on the headstone – is a tangible reminder of two very different cultures coming together in what was then one of the most isolated parts of the country.

Yates – who died in 1900 – was an important early Far North identity, according to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Maori Heritage Manager, Mita Harris, who spotted the headstone recently on a walking tour of the historic cemetery located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD.

Read the full article here on Voxy.
See Samuel Yates’s Biography here on Te Ara.