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Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand

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Jul. 31st, 2008 | 05:50 pm
music: Kill the Lights - The Birthday Massacre
posted by: bitter_moss in buried_in_green

I recently posted these photos to mourning_souls and ammonoid suggested i post them here as well. Not sure they're suitable when you guys post such wonderful images taken with such skill, but i hope at least some of you enjoy these pics anyway.

Shots taken in December, 2007

Symonds Street Cemetery

Symonds Street Cemetery

Symonds Street Cemetery

Symonds Street Cemetery

Symonds Street Cemetery

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The pony on the fence is Charlotte Sometimes, made for my birthday by a friend who makes custom ponies as a hobby. She was my little travel mascot on this trip home, and being a darkly inclined pony requested that i take some shots of her in the cemetery =).

Symonds Street Cemetery

Symonds Street Cemetery
Taken on aimeethemuss's camera phone

Symonds Street Cemetery

Symonds Street Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Auckland and the first official burial ground. Here are located the graves of many of Auckland's early settlers including Captain William Hobson, the first Governor of New Zealand who died in 1842. The cemetery was officially closed in 1905 when it was handed over to the Auckland City Council as a park. When the motorway system was constructed in the mid 1960s, it required the moving of over 4100 bodies. These were reinterred in two memorial sites within the cemetery From Wikipedia.

The cemetery is split into two sections with a road going through it and a bridge encroaching on one side, but it is still really lovely, woodsy, overgrown, historical and definitely one of the most beautiful cemeteries i've ever had the fortune to visit and photograph. If you're ever in the area i encourage you to take a friend (as there were some unsavory types hanging out there both times i've been) & spend the afternoon.

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psicoside

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from: psicoside
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
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These are beautiful :)

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Miss Kitty Fantastico

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from: bitter_moss
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :).

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A Delicate Corpse Flower

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from: peregrin8
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
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These are gorgeous - I especially love the first 2.

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Miss Kitty Fantastico

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from: bitter_moss
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for your comment - those are my faves too :). The friend i was with thought the first one looked very Lord of the Ringsy and i have to agree, it does look a bit like a monument from an ancient civilization. To me at least anyway!

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~* Anwyn *~

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from: anwyn_elfmaiden
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
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nice. #2 is my fave one, looks like trapping into a different world. :D

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Miss Kitty Fantastico

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from: bitter_moss
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :).

#2 is my fave one, looks like trapping into a different world. :D Indeed that's how it felt when i was there! Unfortunately it's in a busy part of town so you can still hear cars and people faintly in the background :/.

Also *waves hello* - i think i recognize you from ilwen's journal :).

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~* Anwyn *~

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from: anwyn_elfmaiden
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
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wow, that is unbelievable having such wildness in a busy part of town. :D

hehe, *waves back*, indeed... just looked at the pix and not the name. umm. :D

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Miss Kitty Fantastico

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from: bitter_moss
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
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I know! I was so surprised, i had no idea the woodsy part was so wild and large. I'd only really noticed the other grassy side previously.

Oh that's fair enough, i'm glad the pictures were able to capture your interest :).

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~* Anwyn *~

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from: anwyn_elfmaiden
date: Aug. 1st, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
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yeah, nature is coming back. :D here we also have nice green parts and areas, and outside potsdam it is rural. :D

*LOL* hehe, they did. have a nice weekend. :)

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Bruno Daniel

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from: brunobaboon
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Picture #1 is very Lord of the Ringsy. And #2 is very World of Warcraft.

Very cool!

I live close to Seattle up here in the North Western tip of the United States and it boggles me how industrial city and thick floral unkempt wilderness can survive almost within one another.

I love it here. I would love to see New Zealand, though.

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Miss Kitty Fantastico

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from: bitter_moss
date: Aug. 14th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
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Picture #1 is very Lord of the Ringsy hee that's what the friend who i wandered with once we had a proper look at our photos ^.^.

And #2 is very World of Warcraft. I wouldn't know about that - i stay away from WOW as i do NOT need another obsession in my life xD.

I've heard good things about Seattle, what's it like where you are?

Yes you should! It's a wonderful place, and quite small so it's easy enough to see a lot of it if you plan your trip right. I <3 Aotearoa muchly :).

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mistress_kabuki

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from: mistress_kabuki
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
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These are lovely. I have a thing about overgrown, statuesque cemetaries. Thanks for posting these.

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Miss Kitty Fantastico

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from: bitter_moss
date: Aug. 14th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
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Thanks - and you're most welcome =).

I have a thing about overgrown, statuesque cemetaries Me too. I love them overgrown, though it's sad when you can't read the inscriptions anymore and some graves are in complete disarray :/.

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Miss Kitty Fantastico

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from: bitter_moss
date: Aug. 23rd, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
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Me too - glad you enjoyed the photos =).

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Symonds Street Cemetery

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date: Feb. 13th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
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Do you happen to recall where you were in the cemetery when you took the first photo? Down in the gully, perhaps? Also, may I use your Lawson photo to add to my collection if I acknowledge it as your work and if so, how would you prefer me to do that? Lovely pictures - I have spent many hours wandering around this area over a number of years and have photographed every extant grave but new ones are being uncovered regularly since I was last there. Well done!
Shirley Kendall

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Miss Kitty Fantastico

Re: Symonds Street Cemetery

from: bitter_moss
date: Feb. 15th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
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The first one was taken on the side with Hobson's grave, which is the side with the bridge running through it and i imagine it's the gully side, was all overgrown and woodsy! It wasn't too far in as we didn't have much time to explore, and it was right beside the path, so should'nt be too hard for you to find. We certainly got some great photos with it though - they're the ones people comment on the most =).

Thanks so much for your kind comments, glad to share them with someone who knows and loves this cemetery well.

You're most welcome to add any of these to your collection, if you do share them you could just credit with my lj username (or 'facebook' name - Kat Solo. It's kind of become my alias since i first started using it ~_^). Thanks for asking, it's nice to know manners aren't lost in the electronic world!

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Charles Henry Sherman - Marine Guard, USS Iroquois-1885

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date: Nov. 27th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
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Charles Henry Sherman was a Marine Guard aboard the USS “Iroquois” during the American Civil War and participated in many engagements against Confederate ships. While berthed at port in Auckland, New Zealand in 1885 Sherman who had been ill and suffering for some time was admitted to the Auckland District Hospital; hardly able to move.On January 8, 1885 Charles Henry Sherman died at 37 years of age of “acute rheumatism” in the district hospital of Auckland, New Zealand. On January 10th 1885 his funeral began at 9AM. Leaving from the hospital the funeral procession was accompanied by a large party of Marines and ‘blue-jackets’ from his ship.

Sherman had a large stone monument situated on his grave on which was inscribed the details of the ten military engagements in which he took part.

On September 29, 1934 the grave of Charles Henry Sherman was disinterred by the Sibun Funeral Home of Auckland, and his remains were shipped back to the United States. \

Can anyone provide further information or tell me what happened to the headstone? jamesmgray@bigpond.com

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