KARORI cemetery Wellington - GRAVES of NOTE
- KARORI CEMETERY - Graves of Note
Many eminent New Zealanders are buried at Karori Cemetery including people involved in the Shackleton expedition and the Tangiwai disaster
The following names (and a short introductin to their bios) was taken from the site above. Visit the site as every name featured has a link to their headstone photo and short bio
The link at their names below lead to external, longer biographies
John Guthrie Wood AITKEN - Politician, businessman, social activist, Mayor
- 6 February 1849 - 17 August 1921
- Scotsman John Guthrie Wood Aitken came to New Zealand in his early thirties to set up a Wellington-based import / export business - Aitken, Wilson and Company - in partnership with another young Scotsman, George Wilson ...
Hermina 'Mina' ARNDT - Artist
- 18 April 1885 - 22 December 1926
- Artist Mina (Hermina) Arndt was born in Arrowtown, and grew up in Dunedin and Wellington. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Germany and Poland, but Minas father had died six weeks before her birth ...
Lily May ATKINSON - Suffragist and Feminist
- 29 March 1866 - 19 July 1921
- Originally from Auckland, Lily moved to Wellington with her family in 1874 when she was seven years old. Her community mindedness was demonstrated at an early age; Lily, with her mother and sisters, taught English to Chinese immigrants and reading skills to factory workers ...
Suzanne AUBERT - Founder of the Sisters of Compassion
- 19 June 1835 - 1 October 1926
- A memorial to the Sisters of Compassion records that Mother Mary Joseph Aubert (Suzanne Aubert) 1835 - 1926 was originally buried here, but removed to the orders Mother House in Island Bay in 1950 ..
John BLUNDELL - Newspaperman / Businessman
- 1842 - 11 January 1922
- A black obelisk marks the grave where newspaperman John Blundell is buried along with other members of the Blundell family, founder-owners of Wellington's first daily newspaper - The Evening Post (1865 - 2002) ...
Frederick William FISH - Infant boy, Karori Cemetery's first burial
- July 1891 - 3 August 1891
- Frederick William Fish, a month old baby who died on 3 August 1891, was Karori Cemetery's first burial ...
Louise Etiennette Sidonie HENDERSON - Artist
- 21 April 1902 - 27 June 1994
- As a child, Louise Etiennette Sidonie SAUZE played with marble chips in the home of Auguste Rodin. She was born in Paris, where her father was the sculptor's secretary, but moved to Christchurch in 1925 after marrying New Zealander Hubert Henderson ...
Matthew HOLMES - Medical practitioner
- 2 November 1879 - 15 November 1918
- Matthew Holmes, a respected and well-educated doctor, had studied at two Edinburgh universities and was the resident surgeon at Chalmers Hospital for Children, Edinburgh from 1903 - 1906 ...
Pehr Ferdinand HOLM - Mariner and ship owner
- 3 April 1844 - 17 August 1921
- Born in Sweden and the son of a master mariner, Holm arrived in Wellington in 1868 as an able seaman. After working as a pilot, Holm became chief officer of the steamship Taranaki and was commended for bravery after it was wrecked off Tauranga in 1878 ...
Walter NASH - Prime Minister, 1957 - 1963
- 12 February 1882 - 4 June 1968
- Walter Nash immigrated to New Zealand from Worcestershire, England in 1909. Once in Wellington, Walter soon became involved in New Zealand politics, assisting the NZ Labour Party in its 1911 election campaign ...
Grace Elizabeth NEILL - Public servant and social reformer
- 25 May 1846 - 18 August 1926
- A self confessed "combatant against drink, poverty, factory owners and the medical profession" Grace Neill (nee CAMPBELL) strove for social reform in New Zealand ...
Robert & Anna Paterson STOUT - Premier Suffragist and Feminist
- Robert: 28 September 1844 - 19 July 1930
- Anna (nee LOGAN) : 29 September 1858 - 10 May 1931
- Robert Stout and Anna Paterson Stout were a dynamic and forward-thinking couple whose impact is still felt in New Zealand. Married in 1876, they helped transform New Zealand society in areas ranging from educational advancement to women's rights ...
John Sidney SWAN - Architect
- 12 January 1874 - 18 April 1936
- John Sidney Swan, a renowned architect, designed many of the most recognisable structures in Wellington. Erskine College in Island Bay and St Gerard's Church above Oriental Bay were both from his designs ...
Frederick TURNOVSKY - Businessman and arts patron
- 28 December 1916 - 12 December 1994
- Czech-born refugee Frederick Turnovsky settled in Wellington in 1940. Soon after his arrival, Turnovsky established Tatra - a successful leather goods company ...
Herman van STAVEREN - Rabbi, philanthropist
- 26 January 1849 - 24 January 1930
- Netherlands-born Herman van Staveren emigrated to New Zealand in 1877 to take up a post as minister for the Wellington Hebrew Congregation ...
William Joseph WALLACE - All Black rugby player and foundryman
- 2 August 1878 - 2 March 1972
- William (Billy) Wallace loved rugby. As a Poneke Football Club member, his nickname was Carbine - after a famous racehorse - as he was extremely fast ...