Seasons Greetings

Thanks to all our friends and helpers for supporting the Southern Heritage Trust through these unpredictable times and looking forward to 2021 being a more productive year. 

We are fortunate to live in New Zealand!

Best wishes, health and happiness from the Trustees

Merrin, Jo, Joy, Brent, Janet, Lox & Ann

Northern Cemetery Database

The burial records of the cemetery are available for inspection in the Information Gallery, and there are exhibits outlining the history of the cemetery and the lives of some well-known Dunedin identities buried here, including William Larnach, Thomas Bracken, and Thomas Hocken.

The most spectacular of the tombs in the cemetery is the newly refurbished Larnach’s tomb.

Link to Northern Cemetery Database

Who are we?

The Southern Heritage Trust is a registered charitable trust that is devoted to the appreciation and protection of Otago’s social, cultural, architectural and industrial heritage. The Trust has a programme of events, publishes heritage materials and works with agencies and individuals on heritage matters.


Join Us

The cost for a single membership is $30 and for a double membership, it is $50.  Memberships are for one calendar year and must be renewed each year.  You are also welcome to make a tax-deductible donation to the work of the Trust.

To become a member:

Send us an email to with “Membership Application” as the subject.

The Sextons Cottage

Ph 03 471 8265

The Southern Heritage Trust maintains an Information Gallery for the Northern Cemetery in the Sexton’s Cottage, which is open on a regular basis on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer season.  It is also open at other times, depending on the availability of volunteers: if you are planning a visit out of hours, it may be advisable to check first by phoning 03 471 8265.

The regular Sunday openings have now been discontinued for the winter.

Heritage Matters

On Heritage Matters, an Otago Access Radio Programme, members of Southern Heritage Trust take a look at what makes Dunedin the nation’s heritage capital.

Mondays @ 11:30am
Replayed Tuesdays at 11:30pm and Sundays @ 7pm

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The Southern Heritage Trust was set up in December 2002 and incorporated as a Charitable Trust in May 2003. We have an attractive base in the Sexton’s Cottage at Dunedin’s Northern Cemetery. This is by arrangement with the Dunedin City Council, and in return we maintain an information centre and website on burials in the cemetery. You are most welcome to call in to the Sexton’s Cottage whenever you can find us open: you can view there a display of our heritage products and make purchases if you wish.

The Southern Heritage Trust is devoted to the appreciation and protection of Otago’s social, cultural, architectural and industrial heritage. In particular

  • we research and publish heritage materials
  • we set up and maintain heritage websites
  • we collaborate with other agencies, groups and individuals in heritage activities
  • we take upon ourselves an advocacy role in heritage matters.
  • we run a programme of heritage events, some public, others for members and invited guests