Driving down Symonds street the traffic is busy but just a few metres away is a quiet greenspace full of mature trees. The Symonds Street Cemetery holds 1200 graves and our surveyors have been busy amongst the meandering paths, mossy headstones and shady groves.
They are surveying the area for Auckland Council to plot the positions of graves. The historic plans are being Geo referenced and digitised so that Auckland Council knows the positions of all the graves.
The advantages are:
- Knowing exactly where the graves are means no-one inadvertently disturbs them by building over them, creating paths or other structures.
- This work will enable us to find our ancestors’ graves more easily.
This category one historic place is one of the oldest cemeteries with many famous Aucklanders including the first Governor of New Zealand, Captain William Hobson (d.1842), Judge Frederick Maning (d.1883), adventurer Baron Charles Philippe de Thierry (d.1864) and the first mayor of Auckland Borough Council, Archibald Clark (d.1875).
Auckland Council are clearing vegetation, ensuring tree roots don’t break up grave sites, improving pathways, restoring headstones and maintaining graves.
To find cemetery records and trace ancestors see the Auckland Libraries search website.
For more information about the cemetery read more. To contact Envivo surveyors click here.