Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Cemetery tour planned for Hamilton

Hamilton City Council is honouring New Zealand Cemeteries and Crematoria week (31 October – 6 November) by hosting a history tour at Hamilton East Heritage Cemetery.

The week is an annual initiative which aims to demystify cemeteries and crematoriums, break down barriers and help people understand the significance cemeteries have in our community as places for people to connect with one another.

Maria Barrie, Unit Director for Parks and Recreation, is excited to acknowledge the special week.

“This tour is an awesome chance to bring history to life and highlight the special value of our cemeteries in Hamilton Kirikiriroa.”

The tour on Saturday 4 November will be led by local historian, Lyn Williams. The Council says it’s a great opportunity for Hamiltonians to learn about some of the cemetery’s most interesting occupants, including architects, artists and artisans (and a surveyor or two).

Council provides, manages, and maintains three cemeteries – two heritage cemeteries and the Hamilton Park Cemetery (Newstead). At Hamilton East Heritage Cemetery, on the hill to the east of Hamilton Gardens, there are several important Hamiltonians laid to rest.

“Cemeteries contribute to our city’s stories and heritage. It helps the community to understand of our past,” said Ms Barrie. 

The tour of Hamilton East Cemetery will take place on Saturday 4 October at 2pm. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome to come along. 

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