1918 INFLUENZA KARORI CEMETERY PROJECT
More than 700 people succumbed to influenza in the Wellington region during November and December 1918, and most of them were buried in Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand. Their graves are mostly untended and more or less lost from the collective memory. This 2-year project, which began in November 2016, intends to restore and remember those who died, cleaning and tidying their plots, cleaning their headstones, and researching the family histories in order to raise their profile for the centenary of the epidemic in November/December 2018.
If you would like to be part of this project
contact the Project Co-ordinator Barbara Mulligan
If you can, join the working bees during the summer months. Or you can like our Facebook page, or receive our newsletters and project updates and invites.
Inquiries from family members/ descendants most welcome.
By the time the project is completed in December 2018 there will be permanent markers on every plot in Karori Cemetery where people who died of influenza were buried. There will also be a digital story book to assist those visiting the cemetery to find their way around the sites. Guided walks around the sites are scheduled on several days in November and December 2018. There will also be many stories of those who died during the epidemic on this website.