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The settlement of Jerusalem (Hiruharama to the Maori) is a small village on the banks of the Whanganui River. It was named by an early missionary who used biblical names for a number of small settlements he established on the river, most of which have now disappeared. The church visible is St Joseph's church attached to the convent of the Sisters of Compassion, established in 1892 by the French nun, Suzanne Aubert (Sister Mary Joseph)which is the only religious order founded in New Zealand. Only two or three nuns reside here now, using it as a religious retreat. One of New Zealand's best known modern poets, James Baxter, established a commune in Jerusalem in the 1960s and died here in 1972, being buried behind the convent.
This photo was taken a number of years ago on Fujichrome slide film - scanned & digitised.

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