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We are offering a tour through the peaceful sanctuary of cultivated and forested open space that is the Bolton Street Cemetery, the site of Wellington’s oldest cemetery dating from 1840.
Commemorative art is the focus of the tour. Viewing the different shapes and styles of the grave markers you will learn about the meanings of the various symbols which are carved onto them. The Victorians were very keen on memorial symbolism. You will pass by carved and worn monuments, and a nationally important collection of heritage roses that interweave with other early plants amongst picket fences and wrought iron grave surrounds. On the way our guide will give you a fascinating historical insight into the lives of the people and families, many notable in the early days of the settlement of Wellington, who are remembered within this Cemetery.
The tour ends with a visit to the Chapel which is a replica of the original Mortuary Chapel. The Chapel is now a visitor centre which contains displays, a memorial plaque and a full burial list with plot locations.
We will meet at the Seddon Memorial just before 1pm.
This can be reached from the car park adjacent to the Lady Norwood Rose Gardens. (You might like to have lunch or a coffee at the Picnic Cafe located nearby in the Begonia House). Alternative ways of getting there from pathways in nearby streets can be found on this map.
The tour will take approximately 1 hour and is an easy downward trail with a few detours to see particular grave sites.
If the tour is cancelled due to wet weather, the alternative day is Tuesday 6 March at the same time.