Karori Cemetery is New Zealand's second largest burial ground, covering nearly 40 hectares. It was the final resting place of about 80,000 people. Today, it is a wealth of Wellington history and a peaceful place to visit.
The cemetery was established in 1891 to replace the overcrowded Bolton Street Cemetery. The Cemetery filled quickly and by the 1950s had nearly reached maximum capacity. Makara Cemetery became Wellington's principal cemetery in 1965.
Karori Cemetery's crematorium was New Zealand's first crematorium and is the oldest in Australasia, opening in 1909. It carries out about 450 cremations a year.
Headstone Karori Cemetery - Meachen Jack and Lillian In Loving memory of Jack beloved husband of Lillian Meachen who died as a result of a railway accident near Khandallah 28 Sep 1922 aged 43 years.Death like a whirlwind came and swept his life away
In Loving memory of Elizabeth Lillian Maine Meachen died 30 June 1935 aged 55 years
So loved so mourned
Arthur Sperry Meachen youngest son of Jack and Lillian Meachen died 22 July 1953 aged 44 years Always in our hearts