David Nathan

Visionary enterpreneur

David Nathan went from small shopkeeper to corporate gaint

David Nathan started with a small shop in Kororareka (Russell) and went on to build one of New Zealand’s most successful companies.
Born in London, he arrived in New Zealand in 1840 via Sydney.

Nathan established a store in Kororareka [Russell] then moved on to Auckland when the capital of the colony was established here. His marriage in 1841 to Rosetta Aarons was at the first formal Jewish ceremony held in New Zealand.

Nathan traded in kauri gum and tea and operated a Bond Store. He was a founder member of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, established in 1856, and became its president in 1868.

He was a trustee of the Auckland Savings Bank from 1864 to 1885 and vice president from 1878 to 1882, a commissioner for the Port of Auckland and served on the City Council 1854–55. The distinctive inclined slab tombs of the David Nathan and his family are within a fenced plot the centre of the Jewish sector.

  • <p>David Nathan, 1861. <em>John Schmidt, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, Ref: 1/2-004975-G. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23012885</em></p>
  • <p>The tombs of David and Rosetta Nathan at the Jewish cemetery by Karangahape Road.</p>

Aerial photo location

Where is the grave?

The Nathan tombs have distinctive inclined slabs and are inside a railing within the small Jewish section of the cemetery. Site 2 on the Rose Walk Trail Guide.