Auckland Libraries: Symonds Street Cemetery Walk

Symonds Street Cemetery Walk

Sat 27 February, Sat 6 March 10am to 12pm Free

Join David Verran for this weekend Heritage Walk around Symonds St Cemetery, to learn about some of our early families buried there.

Showing a crowd of people around Captain Hobson's grave in Symonds Street Cemetery
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. New Zealand Herald, Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1370-199-2 
Taking in both Grafton and Newton Gullies, Symonds Street Cemetery is Auckland’s oldest, dating from 1842. 

Explore the past through a two hour guided walk by David Verran, local historian, visit the graves of some of Auckland's founding families and learn about the many nineteenth century communities represented in the burial grounds, including Catholic, Anglican, Jewish, Presbyterian, Methodist and Māori. 

Speakers’ biography

David Verran is a retired librarian, and former Team Leader and local historian of Research Central, Auckland Libraries. David has authored a number of books, most recently Auckland City Libraries: another chapter and The North Shore: an illustrated history. He has also written many articles, including a couple of articles about Isaac Rhodes Cooper for the NZ Society of Genealogist’s magazine “The Genealogist” and Channel Magazine. 

David is the vice-president of both the Friends of Symonds St Cemetery and Devonport Museum; he is on the committee of the NZ History Federation and also serves as a volunteer for the Birkenhead Museum. 

Book now

Numbers are strictly limited. Please book with Research Central by email arc@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 09 890 2412.

If you book and find you cannot come, please let us know, as we have people waitlisted.

A meeting place for this walk will be confirmed after booking.

Due to popular demand, an additional date of Saturday 6 March 10am - 12pm has now been added.

The two dates are:
  •  Saturday 27 February, 10am - 12pm
  •  Saturday 6 March, 10am - 12pm
Showing a crowd of people around Captain Hobson's grave in Symonds Street Cemetery
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. New Zealand Herald, Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1370-199-2 

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