Seaview Cemetery was opened in 1916 at the end of Seaview Road in Stoke. It was developed to cater for the growing population of the Stoke area.
Since the opening of Marsden Valley Cemetery in 1956, Seaview Cemetery has been used principally by those with close relatives already buried here. If you walk up the centre of the recreation reserve towards the cemetery area, you will see on your left a group of very early tombstones. All but one of these were moved in the early 1960's from the old Stoke Methodist burial ground, which was sited beside the first Methodist Church on Main Road Stoke - closed when a new Church was built on Neale Avenue. At the far end of this group is a large obelisk erected by the Oddfellows in memory of Thomas Sullivan.
On the right side or south west side of the cemetery, the small block of graves nearest to the road, are the most recent in the cemetery, this is an example of what is known as the Memorial Park arrangement. Here you can see a memorial to Eric Randolph Black, [Block 36, Plot 774] who died on 20 August 1971. He was the son of Robert Black [Block 23, Plot 446] from whom the cemetery was originally bought. The land was an orchard, like much of early Stoke, which used to lie between the cemetery and Nayland Road.
The graves which can be now found in the cemetery are a good representation of "old Stoke" families:
- Edward and Ann Cresswell nee Eyles
- Thomas Sullivan
- John and Ann Doidge nee Branton
- Enoch and Ann Jellyman nee Teakle and nephew Enoch Jellyman
- John Harris and Emma Ching, nee Jellyman later Simmonds
- Richard Ching and Elizabeth nee Pearce
- Walter Joseph and Elizabeth Ella, Blommaart nee Thomas
- Thomas and Agnes Ching nee Jellyman
- Henry and Elizabeth Ching nee Jellyman
- Charles and Rose Campbell nee Fisher
- Thomas and Susan Robinson nee Stephenson
- Alfred Valentine Allport and Amy nee Hill, later Biddle
- Edmond and Eleanor Chisnall nee Flett
- Henry and Eliza Murcott nee Harman
- Charles and Alice Stead nee Honour
2017 (updated 2021)
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Further sources - Seaview Cemetery
- Nelson City Council Cemeteries database:
- Seaview Cemetery. Retrieved from Nelson City Council, 17 October 2021: