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Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand

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    Minnie Geraldine Witt (1875 - 1910)
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    Thomas William Witt (1862 - 1959)
    The only remaining foundation member of Wellington Commercial Travellers and Warehousemen’s Association .... He was 97. A member of the club for 68 years, attended the 1891 meeting to consider the form...
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    Separated from wife Emma Rickman nee Mudge since circa 1890 after Alfred Rickman's bankruptcy. Maintained correspondence and Alfred paid Emma an average 2 pounds maintenance until his death. Emma claim...
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    Maj. Donald Bruce McKenzie (1880 - 1918)
    Major D. B. McKenzie who died at Trentham was born at Akaroa, but while he was young the family removed to Mosgiel, where he received the greater part of his education. He entered the service of Messrs...
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    Twin === GEDCOM Note ===Twin sister of EdwardMarried at the Guard residence Port Underwood. to Charles Archer Watson age 24 of Whites Bay telegraphic Station By the Rev Frank Goutenoir at the house of ...

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

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


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.

War graves

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

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.