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Jerusalem - Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers
S 39° 33.200 E 175° 04.500
60H E 334611 N 5620046
Quick Description: Jerusalem was once an important fishing village on the Whanganui River where a Roman Catholic mission was first established in 1854. In the span of about 30 km on Whanganui River Road you can travel from Jerusalem, through London to Athens.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 1/1/2014 9:32:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMJV6E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

Long Description:
Jerusalem was once an important fishing village on the Whanganui River where a Roman Catholic mission was first established in 1854. In the span of about 30 km on Whanganui River Road you can travel from Jerusalem, through London to Athens.

Known to Maori as Hiruharama, Jerusalem was the isolated site where, in 1892, Suzanne Aubert (better known as Mother Mary Joseph) established the congregation of the Sisters of Compassion. They became a highly respected charitable nursing/religious order.

A convent remains on the mission property, as well as the church which replaced the original building destroyed by fire in 1888, and Sisters of Compassion still care for them.

New Zealand poet James K. Baxter and many of his followers formed a community at Jerusalem in 1970 and Baxter is buried there.
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