FROM DISTANT SHORES – Some of those who died of influenza in 1918 and were buried in Karori Cemetery came from far away – Arthur Howell, Captain, SS Alma, from Pembroke, Wales; Malo Gaurio, Capitaine of Colonel de Villebois-Mareuil, from Binic in Brittany, and four men from the Indian sub-continent are amongst them.
In 1918 influenza killed men and women in their productive years, aged 20-50. In many cases their deaths left orphans to be cared for by wider family, or the state. William Weaver and his second wife Mabel, both aged 31, died 4 days apart in November 1918, leaving William’s son Victor an orphan. Victor’s mother, also called Mabel, had died when he was only three weeks old in 1914.
Mary KEEGAN lived with her husband and children (she had 12) on a coal hulk in Wellington Harbour. During the 1918 influenza epidemic several of the children became sick as did Mary – she died, they survived. Cecilia MCPARTLAND worked as a charwoman at the Public Trust to help provide for her large family – she died at work from flu. Dan HASSELBERG was a police constable. He too died of flu. They are amongst the many who were buried in Karori Cemetery in Nov/Dec 1918. Read more at www.1918influenzakarori.weebly.com
Love how these old photos of the Cemetery keep popping up! (There are so few of them)
Crematorium & Chapel (1909)
Originally published 21 November 2020
Who better to highlight on this day than one of NZ’s biggest – in every sense of the word – media stars for 30 years – from the 1960’s onwards. Selwyn Featherston TOOGOOD became a household name via radio in the quiz show It’s In The Bag, and was able to successfully transfer the format to TV, and then went on to host other shows, including for many years an afternoon show Beauty and the Beast. His booming voice filled the airwaves, and the genial giant then filled out TV screens. When he died in February 2001 he was cremated at Karori and shortly after his ashes were interred in an ashes plot, where his wife joined him 8 years later. They lie under a brass plaque, not far from the crematorium, small and discreet in the afterlife.
A fascinating story of a great woman. Myrtle is buried in Karori Cemetery and the Friends located her grave on Sunday.
WCC Archives have digitised some more old photos of the Cemetery. Here we gaze over the playing courts of Cardinal McKeefry School and the beginnings of Ian Galloway Park (previously a tip) towards the eastern slopes of the Cemetery. You may know this area as “Gum Gully” – today it is largely concealed by the gum trees that were planted to shield the residents of Wilton from the “unsightly” view of the Cemetery.
Sexton & Sextant are two words which are quite often confused. Just so you know, here’s the meaning of each: SEXTON: a person who looks after a church and churchyard, typically acting as bell-ringer and gravedigger. SEXTANT:an instrument with a graduated arc of 60° and a sighting mechanism, used for measuring the angular distances between objects and especially for taking altitudes in navigation and surveying.
WRECK OF THE U.S.S. PENGUIN, NEAR WELLINGTON HEADS, N.Z., ON THE NIGHT OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12: INCIDENTS; AND PORTRAITS OF SOME OF THOSE SAVED AND DROWNED. (The Australian, 27 Feb 1909) Captions from top left:Mrs Hope, Stewardess, drowned; Mr Urquhart, Chief Engineer, drowned; Mr Rentoul, third, drowned; Mr Alexander, chief steward, drowned; Mrs Hannan, only woman survivor.Grave with fourteen trenches; Public funeral entering the Cemetery.In the Karori Cemetery; Raft that bought the first eleven survivors.Mr Thompson, Purser, drowned; Mr Luke, Second Engineer, saved; four surviving Stewards, Messrs Hull, McCormack, Jones and Rees; Mr Driscoll, Second Officer, drowned; Miss Doran, drowned.
More information can be found about the S S Penguin on the WCC website: https://wellington.govt.nz/recreation/enjoy-the-outdoors/walks-and-walkways/beyond-the-city/penguin-shipwreck-memorial-walk
“LAST POST” AT FRIDAY’S FUNERAL.—BugIer blowing the “Last Post,” the Legion of Frontiersmen standing at attention, outside the Crematorium at Karori Cemetery on Friday afternoon at the funeral of Messrs. F. Gresser and G. B. S. King, killed at Tawa Flat on Tuesday in an aero plane crash. Inset, floral tributes in the form of aeroplanes” Manawatu Times 31 Oct 1932 Edit: Francis Gresser and George Bourne Stephen King