Location: Symonds Street Cemetery.
Time/Date: 10:30 – 12 pm, Friday 4 May
As part of New Zealand Archaeology Week, Auckland Archaeological Society is hosting a free walking tour through Symonds Street Cemetery, guided by University of Auckland bioanthropologist, Dr Heather Battles.
Symonds Street is a first-generation urban settler cemetery in operation mainly from 1842 to 1886. It originally operated as five separate cemeteries until it was formally closed in 1909 and turned over to Auckland Council as a public park. This tour will review some of the history of the Cemetery and struggles with preservation and maintenance, especially the impact of the motorway works in the 1960s. We will also discuss the Cemetery as a site of community service learning, with the example of a project undertaken in 2016 by students enrolled in an Anthropological Demography course, which involved analysis of demographic data transcribed from the surviving headstones and from the online burial database.
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