Investigation of The Old Napier Cemetary
11th February 2017
Team Members Attending:
Marianne, Andrew, Colin, Diane, Emma, Helen, Lucy, Monica, Wally
Digital Cameras, Digital Recorders, Walkie Talkies, Laser Digital thermometer, Flashlights.
History of the Investigation Site
In the early 1850s, the Colonial Government in Wellington sent Alfred Domett, District Commissioner of Crown Lands, to oversee the survey and drawing up of a plan for the still-to-be-named port town.
It was Domett who proposed the settlement be named Napier after Sir Charles Napier (1782-1853), who successfully led British forces against a large Indian armed force in the battle of Meanee near the city of Hyderabad in 1843 to secure control of the important province of Scinde. Although it has a slightly different spelling, the naming of the Meeanee area south of Napier, also commemorates this event.
As part of the planned settlement, Domett set aside 1.8ha for a cemetery on a hilltop flanking the Botanical Garden Reserve.
In line with 19th century English practice, the cemetery was laid out to provide separate denominational areas and kerbed plots.
Many figures significant to early Napier and Hawke’s Bay’s history are here. William Colenso, the noted missionary, printer and botanist, who landed at Waitangi, south of Napier, with his wife Elizabeth and young daughter Frances in 1844, is buried on the right near the gates. Close by are the graves of William Williams, first Bishop of Waiapu, and his son and grandson – also Bishops of Waiapu.
Further along on the right, a handsome celtic cross marks the grave of Sir Donald McLean, KCMG – the first government land purchasing agent. In the 1850s, he purchased much of the land around Napier for European settlement.
Some of the memorial inscriptions reveal glimpses of tragedies that occurred over the years.
Some rare totara memorials of soldiers in the regiments stationed on nearby Barrack Hill in the 1865-70 period can be seen in the cemetery.
The shelter beside the main path was originally the lychgate at the entrance to St Andrew’s Church in Ahuriri. It was moved to the cemetery when the church was demolished in 1972.
This was a training investigation for the new members in the team. Because this was a training mission, we decided that the Old Napier Cemetery would be a good place to investigate. The point of this investigation was to get the new members used to using some of the equipment we have like laser thermometers, walkie-talkies, and working in a team. This was also to see how the members work together as a team. The last objective of the investigation was for the the team members to see how subjective feelings can be verified by the use of objective technology – and how the two can work to verify each other. In this case it was definite cold spots around the cemetery.
- First cold spot, was felt @ 10 minutes into the investigation, when Marianne notified the members she was working with that she felt a marked temperature drop. Ambient temperature at that stage was 26C. Immediately around Marianne the temperature had dropped to 15C. This cold spot lasted for approximately 2 minutes.
- Second cold spot was recorded later in the investigation. The ambient temperature had dropped to 24C and the cold spot was measured at 11.5C.
- A third cold spot was felt by Lucy, in conjunction with a physical experience as well. The temperature around her dropped from 24C to 17C.
12 minutes into the investigation Colin’s brand new batteries died in his digital laser thermometer, when he replaced it with new ones, they also immediately died.
Marianne was only able to take a few images with her fully charged camera, before the batteries suddenly died and Andrew’s camera also malfunctioned (but this was only discovered once he went to review the images).
- Cold spots
- Di felt overwhelmed by energies at one stage, and this was backed up by EVP recordings obtained at the same time. She felt dizzy and became very sweaty, her hearing became very muffled, and she had to leave the cemetery and sit out in the car for a period of time.
- Wally observed a tall thin male, in a black suit, observing them from in between some of the grave stones. He was also briefly glimpsed by Helen.
- At 7.25pm, Lucy felt someone stroking her shoulder lightly – this was accompanied by a temperature drop to 17C
- At 7.40pm, Emma had a marked mood change.
- At 7.45pm, Lucy observed a white, tennis ball sized object moving from left to right between some graves.
Unfortunately no visual evidence was captured, but we did capture an excessive number of EVP (electronic voice phenomena) – over 70 to be precise. However, many are not suitable to post here due to the fact that they may be distorted or very faint, and we can’t possibly post them all, so we will add the definite Class A Evps we have. Definitions of EVP can be found in the Terminology section of the website under EVP.
Many of the EVP we captured were directly responsive to what we were saying at that point in time.
In this recording Monica is describing to Marianne what she was currently feeling, when the spirit responds to the conversation.
Andrew and Marianne were talking about some children’s home, and spirit interjects with what he felt about the matron who ran it and another laughs at his choice of words.
This appears to be one spirit telling others to be good.
This woman is simply telling a nurse how she is currently feeling.
In this recording the voice is very fast in the begining commenting on the 26C temperature, followed by them whistling, and then Marianne talking.
This is one of the clearest Evp recordings. It is so clear that we initially thought it was Wally, one of our team members speaking. But in rechecking discovered actually, that he was then in a different part of the cemetery.
Two spirit’s discussing the temperature as the sun is setting, one just agrees with what the other says.
Spirit making a statement about the group training before Diane speaks.
This gentleman was referring to Lucy who was balanced on a crutch at the time, looking like she might topple over. You can hear her speak at the end of the clip.
Colin being called Grandad, by the child spirit he was trying to interact with.
Spirit acknowledging Marianne being at the cemetery.
This appears to be three different spirit talking, 2 men (one just whistles at the beginning), and a woman. You can hear his British accent clearly. “It’s a great big test, wasn’t it?”
This voice at the end of Helen and Marianne talking appears to be saying oumpa – which we believe either means Grandmother or Grandfather, unsure of the language though?
This gentleman was very interesting. We looked up the name Lewis Payne, but could not see him listed in the Napier Cemetery at all. He says “Lewis Payne, their light.”
This gentleman was trying to get Diane’s attention as she was talking by using a very nautical term.
Colin was trying to encourage a child spirit, by playing hide and seek. But instead he caught the attention of an older, somewhat bemused male spirit who says “Alright then”
Colin stating we mean you no harm, followed by a spirit whistling a tune.
Marianne attracts a heavy breather.
Marianne and Helen were talking, but you can’t hear either properly cause of spirit talking over them.
Spirit calling Marianne’s name.
Older Gentleman spirit.