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Nelson Historical Society Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, 1966

The Haven Cemetery:

The Haven Cemetery:

This was the first Cemetery opened and lies off Whitby Road above the Cliffs on Rocks Road. It was little used and is now closed and under the control of the City Council. John Poynter, Nelson's First Lawyer, was buried there in 1868. His name is remembered in Poynter's Crescent and also in Rentone Street (a family name). The Cemetery was also called the Pioneers' Cemetery.

The first burial in Nelson was on Haulashore Island. Thomas Cresswell was buried upon Aglionby Point on November 23rd, 1841. The Haven Cemetery came next, and then there were the Collingwood Street Cemetery, the Old Cemetery in Trafalgar Street, a Quaker Cemetery on the West side of Rutherford Street and then the Wakapuaka Cemetery.