Symonds Street Cemetery Walk with David Verran


Symonds Street Cemetery, corner Karangahape Road and Symonds Street, Auckland City Centre

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Saturday 5 March 2022
Saturday 12 March 2022


Choice of two dates
Limited spaces




Research Central, Auckland Libraries
09 890 2412

09 890 2412

Limited spaces available. Please book via Eventfinda link

Symonds Street Cemetery Walk with David Verran
David Verran at Symonds St Cemetery
Symonds Street Cemetery Walk with David Verran (1)
Showing a crowd of people around Captain Hobson's grave in Symonds Street Cemetery. The grave is covered with wreaths to mark the centenary of his death. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1370-199-2

Symonds Street Cemetery was in use as a cemetery since the very early days of Auckland and was the major Pakeha cemetery in Auckland until at least the end of the 19th century.

Nevertheless, there are also at least seventy Maori buried in different parts of the cemetery. Closed to new plots from 1886, in favour of the new Waikumete Cemetery, the last burial in Symonds Street Cemetery was in the early 1950s.

This two hour tour will take you through the Jewish, Presbyterian, Catholic, Anglican and General-Wesleyan sections of the cemetery, where between 10,000 and 15,000 remains are still buried.

David Verran has led tours of Symonds Street Cemetery since the early 2000s and compiled the cemetery's burial database on the Auckland Libraries' website.

He also managed the Central Auckland Research Centre at Auckland Central Library from 1990 to 2017.

Registration essential. Limited numbers. Register for either Saturday 5 March from 10am-12pm or Saturday 12 March from 10am-12pm.

Meeting place advised upon booking.

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