Full name: Joseph Friday Rowberry
Born: 1888; Died: 14/11/1918; Buried: 16/11/1918; Age: 29
Occupation: Motorman, employed by the City Corporation


In Loving Memory Of
Joseph Rowberry.
Dearly Beloved Husband Of
Bertha Rowberry.
Died Nov. 14th 1918.
Aged 29.
Thy Will Be Done.

Grave Information:

Karori Cemetery
Section: CH ENG2
Plot: 42 E
Record: 60200
Cleaned: 11/12/2016

Family Information:

Mother: Sarah Rowberry

Father: William Rowberry

Spouse: Bertha Rowberry
Children: Dorothy May Rowberry (b 1915) and Jean Rowberry (b 1916)

Additional Information:


The position on the cars, insofar as the number of men affected by influenza is concerned, remains approximately the same since Thursday. About 135 traffic men are suffering from the epidemic. Unfortunately so far two men have succumbed — Conductor Crooks* and Motorman Rowberry. Inspector Baker, who recently went into camp, contracted influenza there, and died in Victoria Hospital the other day. With the large number of men away the service has been limited, but as all sections of the community are affected the number of people using the cars is correspondingly reduced. The department has also been materially assisted by voluntary workers – several ex-tramwaymen with the necessary qualifications giving their assistance. In order to give all concerned an opportunity to recuperate, no Sunday service will be run to-morrow, the 17th instant.

Evening Post, 16 Nov. 1918   (Courtesy of Papers Past)

* The two men are buried beside each other in the Karori Cemetery, with Conductor Crooks being buried the day before Motorman Rowberry, in the grave immediately to the left.