During the mid-80s vandals tore a path through the Havelock North cemetery, targeting headstones.

Among those headstones was that of one of the earliest permanent European settlers in northern Hawke's Bay, and a remarkable man who would leave a remarkable mark on the history of the region.

Frederick William Christian Sturm, whose name lives on in places like Sturm's Gully on Napier hill where he established a nursery before moving it to Mangaterere.

As his great-great-grand-daughter Lyn Sturm described the vandalism — "they demolished it".


The headstone had originally been gifted by Gladys Sturm, wife of Leslie Sturm, but had