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Symonds St Cemetery - 2007

One Day some friends and I visted the Symonds Street Cemetery in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Symonds Street cemetery was established around 1852, and closed in 1885 (apart for the burial of additional family members.) The cemetery represents a significant collection of 19th century funerary art and masonry, and survives as an important social record for Auckland, holding the graves of Governor William Hobson and Major George Pitt, as well as many other early Auckland citizens

It's odd that all the graves are over 100 years old. There are no new graves. The newest I found was someone buried in 1930, but I have heard that the last burial was carried out in the 1950s.

The cemetery on the Grafton side is more overgrown with a few paths and on the Symonds Street side it's a little more "cemetery" like.

Hundreds of graves were moved when the motorway went through in the 60's, but for the most part, everything is as it was back 100 years ago or more.
Standing tall
Standing tall
Rusty and Sharp
Rusty and Sharp
Sacred memory
Sacred memory
Textures in Black and White
Textures in Black and White
Red Bull
Red Bull
Roses in the Graveyard
Roses in the Graveyard
Grave Rails
Grave Rails
Spray Paint can among the graves
Spray Paint can among the graves
Young man hiding his plastic bag of paint
Young man hiding his plastic bag of paint
Nothing is straightCanon 70-300 lens
Nothing is straightCanon 70-300 lens
Grafton Gully part of the graveyard
Grafton Gully part of the graveyard
Grafton Gully part of the graveyard
Grafton Gully part of the graveyard
Grass will grow anywhere
Grass will grow anywhere
Interesting colours on the headstone
Interesting colours on the headstone
Beer bottle
Beer bottle
Paint Sniffers at Work
Paint Sniffers at Work
The grave is  falling away
The grave is falling away
Rusting decoration
Rusting decoration
Just like lace
Just like lace
Art-work
Art-work
Mess in Black and White
Mess in Black and White
Red Bull
Red Bull