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Fortrose Cemetery

46 km from Invercargill. Fortrose Cemetery is the seaward side of the road on the Tokanui-Gorge Road Highway.


The earliest European Cemetery in the South Catlins, with the first burial recorded in 1873. James Wybrow, the first white settler in Fortrose, was buried here in 1878. Children of the Fortrose school raised money to erect a headstone in commemoration of the people who lost their lives in the wreck of the SS Tararua off the South Catlins coastline in 1881.The stone of Louisa Welsh bore an unusual epitaph "murdered by her husband" which was chiseled out many years later at the instruction of a local priest.

Administrated by: 

Fortrose Cemetery Trust
C/- Mrs A McKenzie
Green Bush
298 Fortrose Otara Road
RD 5
Invercargill 9875


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Bereavement Support group meetings for 2016:

  • Saturday 27 February at 2pm
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