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Guided tour of Bolton Street Cemetery

Guided tour of Bolton Street Cemetery

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  • Mon 26 Oct, 2:00pm – 3:15pm
  • Tue 27 Oct, 5:00pm – 6:15pm


Bolton Street Cemetery, Bolton Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $5.12

This is a special opportunity to learn about Wellington’s first cemetery and the history of early buildings that were once within it.

Hear about the historic ‘time ball’ procedure which was used to provide a time service to the town from January 1870 until its site was taken over in 1906 for the tomb of Prime Minister Richard Seddon. Find out about the original mortuary chapel — now replaced by the replica chapel museum.

Hear the stories concerning the cottage (now gone) built for the Public Sexton, and the other cottage (pictured), built on Bolton Street for the Anglican Sexton in 1857, which is still in good condition.
Our guides will also talk about the disruption caused by the construction of Wellington’s urban motorway in the 1960s.

Meet at the Seddon Memorial, Kinross Street, near Anderson Park. Three tours will depart at 15-minute intervals.
Enquiries to Jennifer:

Not suitable for wheelchairs. Wear sturdy shoes as some of the paths are steep and gravel surfaces can be slippery.

Bookings are required. Cost $5 per person, children 12 & under are free. Please purchase tickets for adults only and email us to let us know how many children aged 12 & under will be coming with you.

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