Karori Historical Society

Celebrating 50 years since our founding.



The Society actively encourages authors to write about Karori and we are proud to be associated with the following:

  The Stockade      Published annually since 1973. Members receive a copy as part of their membership. Most issues are available for purchase ($10) from the Society. To read all issues online Click Here
Karori Streets.      Will Chapman & Kitty Wood.
First published 1991.
Revised and updated by Judith Burch 2019.
Cost $35 plus postage.
Available for sale.


Karori and its People.  Judith Burch and Jan Heynes     368 pages
First published 2011. Cost $30. 
for sale - please email infokarorihistory@gmail.com
with the Subject:  Karori & It's People Book Order
2005 Penguin Self Guided Walk: Karori Cemetery Heritage Trail. Dierdre T.Wogan & Karori Historical Society.  22 pages
One in the series of Heritage Trail booklets published by Wellington City Council.
*WPL OOP     
2001 Heritage Trail - Karori.  Jim Brodie & Judith Burch with Michael Kelly & Jane Black
34 pages.
A trail of 34 sites of historical interest in Karori.
One in the series of Heritage Trail booklets published by Wellington City Council.

*WPL OOP     
2000 Terawhiti and the Goldfields.  James W. Brodie.  328 pages
First published 1986
Available for sale from the Society.
1998 High Point: St Mary's Church, Karori, Wellington, 1866-1991. Margaret Hilda Alington. 
394 pages
1997 The Karori Gold Rush 1869-1873. James W. Brodie  20 pages
The valley of the Upper Kaiwharawhara Stream, particularly the Karori Reservoir area, was the site of considerable mining activity before the building of the lower Karori Dam in 1873. It has now been developed as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. This booklet is a chapter in James Brodie's book Terawhiti and the Goldfields (2000/1986), referred to above.
1997 The Karori Reservoir Area - A Brief History.  Judith Burch  40 pages
1997 Homewood from its Beginnings. R.W.Lithgow   20 pages
*WPL OOP    
1991 Karori Streets 1841 - 1991  William G. Chapman & Katherine M. Wood    105 pages
This book describes how Karori was sub-divided and gives the origin of the street names. 
*WPL  OOP       
(see above for the revised and updated 2019 edition)
1990 From Bush to Suburb: Karori 1840 - 1980.  Margaret Grace Patrick   72pages
*WPL OOP    
1983 The First Ten Years: From 4 April 1973. Kitty Cave & Karori Historical Society     23 pages

*WPL - available from the Wellington Public Libraries
*OOP - Out of print

Other Karori Related Publications

The Wreck of the Penguin by Bruce E.Collins  2000  128pages
Published by Steele Roberts Ltd  ISBN 1-877228-28-1