ANZAC DAY 2022 self-guided tour!

The ANZAC CHALLENGE is on once again! Gather up your friends and whanau, take a walk in the Bolton Street Cemetery, and tackle the challenge of finding all 17 white crosses marking the graves and headstones of servicemen who took part and died in the First World War. The crosses will be there to help … Read More…

Take a guided tour in October

During October 2020, guided tours will be available during the Spring Festival as well as during Wellington Heritage Week. The cost is $5 per person, but children 12 & under are free. For all of these, the meeting place is by the parking area at the end of Kinross Street, the Seddon Memorial entrance to … Read More…

Guided tour for NZ Cemeteries Week

A special one-hour guided tour is available on Thursday 7 November as part of activities and events for NZ Cemeteries Week. The Bolton Street Cemetery is New Zealand’s oldest cemetery – join our experienced guides and find out more about this unique heritage site on the edge of Wellington’s CBD. Meet at the Chapel Museum, … Read More…

Spring tours in the Cemetery

There will be two opportunities to join a guided tour of the Bolton Street Cemetery in September, as part of the WCC Spring Festival. Choose between Sunday 22 September at 2.00pm or Thursday 26 September at 5.00pm. Meet at the Seddon Memorial entrance (end of Kinross Street). Cost: $5 per person.

Explore Anzac connections in the Cemetery

The Friends’ self-guided First World War Memorial Walk is all set up and ready! It will take you around the 16 memorials in the Cemetery to the lads that enlisted to fight in the Great War. In most cases, these servicemen never returned home, but they were all related to people already buried in the … Read More…

Self-guided ANZAC Tour

The Friends of Bolton Street Cemetery will be offering you a chance to explore the Cemetery on your own, using our leaflet to help you locate the fifteen graves which commemorate the sixteen Wellingtonians who served in the First World War.  Available soon, in time for ANZAC Day!

Sculpture Garden almost complete

For a long time, the Friends of the Bolton Street Cemetery have been advocating for a garden to contain the pieces of memorials which were removed from their original location during the construction of the motorway in the 1960s and which then became unidentifiable in the relocation process. We were also concerned about the minimalist … Read More…

Researcher visits grave of KM’s sister

UK researcher Dr Gerri Kimber has been visiting New Zealand for the fourth time in her diligent search for more information about Katherine Mansfield. Her latest trip is as the 2015 recipient of the Friends of Turnbull Library Research Grant, investigating KM’s early years in Wellington. One sunny day in August, she opted for a … Read More…

Spring Tour

The Friends offered a guided tour, Murder & Mayhem, on Friday 2 October, as part of WCC Spring Festival. This event drew about 60 people, interested in hearing some unusual stories behind the brief inscriptions on headstones, revealing sudden deaths, murders and accidents.

New President Elected

At the AGM of the Friends of Bolton Street Cemetery on 23 June, Jenny Button was elected president. She takes over from Priscilla Williams, who has been president of the Friends since 1995. Priscilla will now be vice-president.