Ref: James D Richardson, Panoramic view from Symonds Street Cemetery, 1868?, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-319.
Much of Deed’s research has been in the Otago area, and he relies in part on the late Margaret Alington’s Unquiet earth, (written in 1978) for backgrounding the Wellington area. However, as someone who has undertaken a lot of work documenting Auckland's Symonds Street Cemetery I found some difficulty incorporating Symonds Street Cemetery into the discussion. This is likely because of varying regional approaches to the development of cemeteries before the 1882 Cemeteries Act.
Ref: James D Richardson, Bolton Street Chapel, Wellington, c1930, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-5304.
One issue remains unresolved. Was Symonds Street Cemetery an example of the 'picturesque' or the 'formal' or did it just grow? Some commentators opt for the 'picturesque', while Deed points to a lack of cohesion in its development. I am more inclined to agree with Deed.
For those interested in particular cemeteries, there are now some conservation plans available along with registration reports for the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Symonds Street Cemetery has one of each.
Author: David Verran, Central Auckland Research Centre