ARMISTICE DAY 2018
There will be a FREE public talk in the Services Section of the Cemetery on 11 November at 1.00pm.
The development of the Services section had begun only 6 months before the end of WW1, and the first few men were buried between June and the end of October.
This talk will cover the development of the Services section, why it was important to have a dedicated area within the cemetery for service men, and the womens group who campaigned to create it. The talk will then reveal some of the stories of those buried, and explore the range of activities men were involved in during the war through the regimental information on their headstones.
The Services section is flat, and grassed, and relatively even underfoot, and is accessible to all comers.
Duration 45 minutes. No need to book - just turn up on the day.
1918 INFLUENZA PROJECT
There will be two commemoration days in November for those who died in Wellington of influenza in November and December 1918 and were buried in Karori Cemetery. Volunteers have been working for two years to clean and tidy graves in three areas and make them accessible, and on the 18th and 25th November 2018 there will be guided tours of each area, as well as in the Services and Jewish sections.
Wellington's Mayor, Justin Lester, will open proceedings on 18 November at 11.00am, and Hon Grant Robertson will also speak. There will also be a public talk by Professor Geoffrey Rice about the influenza epidemic in New Zealand.
The project website contains all the information about the project, and about the commemoration days:
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