Karori Cemetery

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Karori Cemetery
Cross with graves karori cemetery.jpg
View of Karori Cemetery
Established 1891
Location Karori
Country New Zealand
Owned by Wellington City Council
Website Wellington City Council entry for Karori Cemetery
Footnotes cemeteries database

Karori Cemetery is New Zealand's second largest cemetery, located in the Wellington suburb of Karori.


Karori Cemetery opened in 1891 to address overcrowding at Bolton Street Cemetery.

In 1909, it received New Zealand's first crematorium, which is still in use and is Australasia's oldest.

Karori Cemetery reached capacity during the 1950s, and Makara Cemetery became Wellington's main burial ground. Burials at Karori happen only in pre-purchased family plots, in children's plots, and in pre-purchased ash plots.[1]


The cemetery covers almost 40 hectares (0.40 km2) and has seen more than 83,000 burials.[2]

War graves[edit]

The cemetery contains separate World War I and World War II services sections. Buried here are 268 Commonwealth service personnel of World War I[3] – including most deaths from the first New Zealand Expeditionary Force Reinforcement Camp and others at Trentham, and the Upper Hutt Remount Depot[4] – and 123 of the World War II, besides a Norwegian and a French war casualty.[5]

In addition, the CWGC erected the Wellington Provincial Memorial, in the form of a marble arch connecting the two Services sections, inscribed with the names of service personnel from Wellington Province who died serving in the World Wars but have no known grave.[3]


  • Albert Henry Baskerville (1883–1908), Organiser of the famous All Golds tour to Great Britain and Australia[6]
  • William Thomas Beck (1865–1947), New Zealand Army officer and one of the first New Zealanders to land on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915
  • John Duthie (1841–1915), businessman and politician, including Mayor of Wellington (1889–1890)
  • John Hosking (1854–1928), judge of the Supreme Court[7]
  • Joseph Kinsey (1852–1936), businessman, collector, and philanthropist from Christchurch[8]
  • Charles Morison (1861–1920), New Zealand barrister[9]
  • Mary Player (c. 1857 – 1924), servant, midwife, welfare worker, feminist and social reformer[10]


  1. ^ "About Karori Cemetery". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Karori Cemetery". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Wellington (Karori) Cemetery". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Trentham (St John's Anglican) Churchyard". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 16 December 2016. Incidental information from Trentham Churchyard CWGC web page, not given on Karori Cemetery's.
  5. ^ "Wellington (Karori) Crematorium". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  6. ^ The All Golds
  7. ^ "Obituary". The Press. LXIV (19324). 31 May 1928. p. 10. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Late Sir J. Kensey". The New Zealand Herald. LXXIII (22413). 8 May 1936. p. 12. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Details". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Millen, Julia. "Mary Josephine Player". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 

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Coordinates: 41°16′30″S 174°45′00″E / 41.275°S 174.750°E / -41.275; 174.750