The soft stones of William Clare, Jane Qualtrough nee Bell and Elizabeth Williams, would disintegrate if some vandal scrubbed them with a wire brush or blitzed them with a water blaster.
Captain William Clare married Jessie Mackintosh in Bombay about 1847 and they had 3 children.
William enlisted in the 3rd Waikato Militia in 1863 arriving in Cambridge New Zealand in August 1864 with a detachment of 450 men. The land was covered with fern and ti-tree scrub and he was the first to build a permanent residence. He and his family made Cambridge their home.
William died 10 December 1878 aged 64 and was buried at the CambridgeCemetery at Hautapu. About three hundred people attended his funeral.
Jane Qualtrough, wife of Thomas, died in childbirth 13 December 1879. She was 23 years old.
“She is gone the delight of all who e’er knew her
Her remains are consigned to the dark silent tomb
She is gone and in sorrow has left us to wonder
That all flowers so fair should be nipt in thy bloom.”
Her headstone is under a camellia tree.
Mrs Elizabeth Williams nee Mata was the mother of Mrs Mary Ann Tucker and they farmed on the outskirts of Cambridge West.
Elizabeth died 19 June 1886 aged 73 years.