1973  Karori Historical Society  2023

Celebrating 50 years since our founding.

The Society turns 50!


This year marks our 50th anniversary, with the above article in the Karori News, written by Norma McCallum, leading to the formation of the Karori Historical Society. While we’re technically slightly late, as the nascent Society first met in March 1973, we are planning a celebration on Saturday, 24 June, at St Ninians.
The event will run from 11am to around 1pm, starting with a display of images and records from our Archives, as well as some records from City Archives. We will also have a range of publications relating to Karori’s history to browse, as well as back issues of our Stockade, which people are welcome to take away.

At midday we will have some short speeches, including Norma McCallum, who we are pleased will be able to attend, followed by cutting a cake and a cup of tea. Members past and present are welcome, as are their friends and family. As well as this open invitation we will be sending out an invite to past members and Committee members, please feel free to forward on or let anyone you think would like to attend. 

Email: infokarorihistory@gmail.com










  Members on an outing, early 1970s

About us:

Our Society was formed by a group of Karori residents in 1973 for the purpose of promoting the history of Karori and its people. We welcome new members, no matter where they live. Click on any of the following headings to link to that section:

          Meetings & Events (updated)

          Newsletters  2011 - 2023 (updated)

          Stockade online      Our annual publication 1995 - 2018

          Stockade Authors   Index of names 

          Stockade Subjects  Index of subjects

          The Social Review publication (new)

          Images of an older Karori (new)

          Wellington trams & tolley buses (new)




          Contact & Join

      What do we do?

  • Research and study of people and places associated with Karori.

  • The preservation of archival items of historical importance.

  • Draw attention to important historical features in and around Karori.

  • Support historical projects by individual members.

  • Maintain links with regional and national historical societies.

  • We meet four times a year and invite guest speakers.

  • We arrange outings to places of historical interest.

  • We publish a newsletter four times a year.

  • We publish an annual journal The Stockade, which is free to members (back copies are available). All archived copies to 2018 are available to be read online at WCC Archives 2019 but later editions are only available to paid up members of the KHS. The 2022 edition is in preparation.

  • We are working on digitising our archival collection.

  • As a voluntary organisation with limited resources, we regret we are unable to undertake research on request. However, you are welcome to use our archives.

Recent publications

Karori Streets
Revised & updated edition 2019 by Judith Burch
Originally published in 1991