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the Roman Catholic MOUNT STREET CEMETERY is a protected heritage site in Wellington, New Zealand (click link for more). It was the first cemetery in Wellington for Catholic burials and contains the graves of the first nuns and priests in Wellington. It remained open until 1891 although burials continued in existing family plots until 1954. The earliest surviving grave marker dates from 1851, and the latest from 1954. Although only around 200 headstones survive, it is estimated that there could have been as many as 1150 burials. Many of the early markers were simple wooden crosses, which have long since vanished.
The original cemetery size was three acres. Two acres were later subdivided and are now occupied by residences and the Victoria university. It is thought that the burials only happened in the remaining acre
Pioneers from many cultural and ethnic backgrounds are buried at Mount Street, including Irish, English, French, Italian, M?ori, Scots, Welsh, Austrian, Silesian (German), and Polish.

The Friends of Mount Street Cemetery group was established under the Archdiocese in 2010, to lead activities to restore the burial sites in this sacred ground; to establish full records; and to conserve the landscape of the Cemetery as an amenity for all. How to become a member of this group can be found at the top link. They have online a PDF of the (so far) 1100 burials in the Cemetery.

using data from their PDF I will research these early settlers and write them up here, as individual journals by alphabetical names, to assist anyone wanting info on their ancestors who they believe may be buried there, or for those interested in the lives and times of these early Wellington settlers
* Most info was obtained from newspapers of the day through Papers Past. Your help in adding or editing is welcome. Please leave comments below

see also Mount Street Cemetery on YouTube where the 'Friends of the Mount Street Cemetery' walk you around and explain some of the headstones, some of the people buried there and what the society is doing to restore this old, protected, heritage cemetery (established 6th January 1841), running time 14 minutes

the 'Residents' of MOUNT STREET Cemetery, Wellington (as at May 2012) ref:220.24.24
* anything in italics is my addition
* dates may be of death OR burial

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AHERN, Elizabeth Jane - 23 Jan 1886 aged 1.7
Daughter of John & Letitia Ahern

AHERN, John - 30 July 1897 aged 60
Evening Post, 31 July 1897 AHERN - On 30 July 1897, at his residence, Pipitea-street, Wellington, John Ahern; aged 60 years R.I.P. Melbourne papers please copy.

ALEXANDER, James - 11 April 1858 aged 23

ALEXANDER, Roy - 16 April 1877 aged 28

ALIX Levi 'Leois' - 29 July 1869 aged 39
Leois was a sailor and died in the Colonial Hospital
Evening Post, 28 July 1869 A. O. F. Court Sir George Grey, No. 3119. The Interment of the remains of the late Brother Leois Alex will take place on Friday next, 20th inst., leaving the premises of J. Hutchens, Willis-street. The brethren of the Court are requested to meet at the Court Rooms not later than 2.30p.m., Brethren of the other Courts are specially invited to attend. By Order, George E. Press, Secretary.

ALLAN, William Joseph Robert - 13 May 1861 aged 1 day

ALLDY, Ellen Agnes - 20 Nov 1856 aged 15

ALLEN, James - 1 Aug 1880 aged 38

AMOORE, Charles - 17 Jan 1881 aged 7 months

AMOORE, Francis Hardham 'Frank' - 25 March 1880 aged 37

ANDERSON, James - 9 Dec 1877 aged 1.3

ANDERSON, William John - 35 Dec 1877 aged 13 months

APERAHAM, Pio - 8 Aug 1851 aged 45
described as "an aborigine of Petone"

ARMSTRONG, Jessie Florence - 20 July 1893 aged 8

ARMSTRONG, John - 24 Nov 1878 aged 48

ARMSTRONG, Mary - 4 Oct 1885 aged 44
Wife of John

ARMSTRONG, Mary Frances - 29 April 1884 aged 2 months
twin daughter of Edwin Patrick ARMSTRONG & Catherine SOMERS:
1877 - Sarah Anna May Armstrong
1879 - 1958 Francis John Armstrong
- Francis married Lilian Sarah BEST in 1904
1882 - Henry Samuel Armstrong
- Henry married Ivy Blanche BIRD in 1907
1884 - 1884 Mary Frances Armstrong (twin)
- died aged 2 months (as above)
1884 - 1933 Georgina Lizette Armstrong (twin)
- Georgina married Albert CANNER in 1911
1885 - 1893 Jessie Florence Armstrong
- On the 20th July, at her parents' residence, Cambridge-road (possibly now Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro), Jessie Florence, beloved daughter of Edwin P. and Catherine Armstrong, aged 8 years and 2 months; deeply regretted. Nelson, Blenheim and Sydney papers please copy
1887 - 1917 Joseph Edwin Armstrong
1890 - Frederick Charles Armstrong
- Frederick married Georgina Dorothy SHARP in 1916. In Feb 1926 he was living in Sturdee Street, now Victoria street, Te Aro
1896 - 1978 Leslie Stephen Armstrong
- Leslie married Lilian POLE (1896-1971) in 1922, 8th of 10 children of Charles POLE & Martha JACOBS

ARTHUR, Ellen Hillman - 21 Oct 1866 aged 1

ARTHUR, Henry Francis - 6 May 1863 aged 9

ARTHUR, William Hillman - 7 Sep 1865 aged 6.6

ARUNDELL, Reinfric Thomas 'Renfrew' - 5 July 1860 aged 23
born 16 May 1838 into the House of Wardour, a respected and well-to-do Roman Catholic family in England, 1 of 11 children of Henry Raymond Arundell (1799-1886) and his second wife, Eliza Gerard (-1872) of Warwickshire, England.
Reinfric was killed in action in 1860, unmarried, during the Second Maori War (aka the First Taranaki War). He gained the rank of officer in the service of the Royal Navy
His siblings: (some birth dates are very approx)
* 1829 - 1833 Mary Julia Arundell
* 1830 - 1839 Amy Mary Arundell
* 1831 - 1861 Isabel Arundell
- Isabel married Captain Sir Richard Francis BURTON K.C.M.G., F.R.G.S. (1821-1890) in 1861. He was a famous traveller and author. He wrote the book "Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah". He wrote the book "The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night".
Isabel wrote the book "The Life of Captain Sir Richard Burton". She is buried with her husband at Mortlake, Surrey in an elaborate tomb in the shape of a Bedouin tent. Fiona Shaw portrayed her in the movie Mountains of the Moon (1990)
- also read: The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton
* 1832 - 1833 Raymond Everard Arundell
* 1833 - 1891 Blanche Arundell
- Blanche married John Hugh Wadman SMYTH-PIGOTT Esq., J.P. & Deputy Lieutenant (1819-1892) on 13 Aug 1857. They lived at Brockley Hall, Somerset
1838 - 1860 Reinfric Thomas Arundell
* 1840 - 1913 Emmeline Mary Arundell
- Emmiline married Richard van ZELLER in July 1877. He held the office of Portuguese Vice-Consul to London
* 1841 - 1872 Henry Alphonsus Arundell
- He gained the rank of Lieutenant in the service of the Royal Navy. He died at sea on board the HMS Bitten on 19 July 1872
*1842 - 1851 Raymond Ignatius Arundell
* 1844 - 1902 Elizabeth Mary Regis Arundell
- Elizabeth married Edward Gerald Fitzgerald (1846-1891) in 1873. He was born in Maperton, a son of Major Henry Thomas George FITZGERALD, magistrate and landed proprietor of Maperton House, Wincanton, Somerset & Elizabeth Harriott Yates. His father gained the rank of officer in the service of the 1st Life Guards. He gained the rank of Major in the service of the 1st West Yorkshire Rifles. He held the office of Justice of the Peace. He lived at Maperton House, Somerset, England
FATAL ACCIDENT - Mr Arundel, a passenger by the Constantine from London, was riding in the neighbourhood of Mount Cook with two other gentlemen, when his horse suddenly stumbled and throwing him to the ground, fell on the top of him, producing such severe internal injuries as to cause his immediate death. The three parties were racing just previous to the accident at a fearful rate up Cuba Street, to the imminent risk of the lives of any children that might have been in their path.

ATEREA, Wikitoria - 11 Aug 1865 aged 14
- there were many 'Aterea' from around the Wanganui area. One Aterea was a Maori chief, of the Ngatiruanui, who was one of 7 chiefs killed at Nukumaru during the Waitotara War in Feb 1865

ATKINS, Richard - 1 Nov 1883 aged 53
2 Nov 1883 Mr Richard Atkins, an old settler in this district, died yesterday, after a few days illness. He was well known as a member of the Wellington Guards. He arrived in Wellington in 1864 and for services rendered during the Maori war received the New Zealand Medal. Previously he had received Indian and Crimean decorations

ATKINSON, Clara - 20 April 1874 aged 14
- daughter of Robert & Ann Atkinson

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Hotel of Baron Charles Ernest von Alzdorf, Lambon Quay, Wellington
1852 drawing by John Pearse (1808-1882)
Charles Alzdorf speaking to John Pearse
View from the beach of the North end of Lambton Quay, just outside Alzdorf's Hotel and John Pearse's early residence after arrival in Wellington

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by ngairedith on 2012-06-24 11:40:39

this Mount Street Cemetery database is now complete (as to this date)
If further burials are discovered the data here will be updated

if you have any further information or any interesting stories to add on these early Wellington settlers, please leave a comment below and I will be glad to add it

by neich on 2013-06-10 00:28:21

reminded me to renew my subscription thanks to Mount St.. have been down there, its so interesting.. one of Carterton's early settler is buried there, took me years to find out where she was buried, must have been in care with the Sisters at the Convent there..

by TNisbet on 2014-04-11 23:15:10

I'm after an email address for The Friends of Mount Street Cemetery. I would like to send them my Family Group Sheet and proof of Deaths of family members; Michael Thomas Connolly, Bridget Connolly (nee O'Halloran) and their daughter Hanora Connolly who I have just discovered are buried in Mount Street Cemetery. Thomas Connolly is possibly their son also. Trudy

by ngairedith on 2014-04-11 23:36:03

hi Trudy,
sorry to say that sometime this week a gremlin got into the works and has left nearly all this journal blank. It used to have an individual page per name..
The only pages remaining are: E F G H S & T-V
but on these pages you will find the contact details
see H names at Mount Street

ps, your Connolly family are on the missing pages :(

by ngairedith on 2014-04-11 23:37:29

pretty sure this glitch will be fixed asap

by ngairedith on 2014-04-12 04:32:42

aah! the journal is still there just cannot be seen by the public at this time
(sigh of relief), I thought the bios were lost

by ngairedith on 2014-04-12 04:37:21

hi Trudy,
I have your Connolly on the C page which should be visible soon
they are:
CONNELLY, Michael Thomas - 14 May 1877 aged 65
14 May 1877 On the 14th May, suddenly, Michael Connelly, aged 65 years

CONNOLLY, Bridget (nee O'Halloran) - 28 Dec 1873 aged 42
28 Dec 1873 On the 28th instant, Bridget Connolly, aged 42 years

CONNOLLY, Honora - 18 Feb 1873 aged 3
18 Feb 1873 At her father's residence, Ohariu, on the 18th February, Honora, youngest daughter of Mr Michael Thomas Connolly (& Mary or Margaret ???) aged three years. The friends of Mr M. T. Connolly are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of his late daughter, Honora, which will leave Ohariu for Wellington, on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, arriving at the Catholic Cathedral about 1 p.m. - CHARLES WILEY, Undertaker

CONNOLLY, Thomas - 1 Dec 1857 aged 12 months

by ngairedith on 2018-05-13 08:45:41

bumped for newbies

by LittleBoat on 2019-04-19 12:11:44

Great work.I found the two little O'Donnell boys that my aunt had told me about. Will get further details to add to this site.

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