Styles of record keeping have altered over the years. Wellington City Council has attempted to make sure records are as accurate as possible. However, the records' historic nature means there will be some level of inconsistency and inaccuracy.
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A memorial inscription is wording in memory of a deceased person – whether on a plaque or headstone, or in the memorial book in the Karori Cemetery chapel – yet their remains have been buried elsewhere.
Burial records are also available for public viewing at the Karori Cemetery office.
The office holds records dating back to 1849 of interments at Bolton Street Cemetery.
The cemetery holds records for 151,409 people who have been interred or cremated. Records can be searched by plot location or name.
You may also find the Wellington City Council Archives online portal a useful research tool. Wellington City Archives has over 800,000 items in its collections with the earliest records dating back to 1840. Archives are continuously adding to their online records, so check back if what you’re looking for isn’t there yet. If you can’t find what you’re looking for online, the original records can still be viewed at City Archives’ Wellington Office, by arrangement.