Saturday, December 18, 2010

Destruction in Symonds St cemetery

I visited this today accompanied by hubby as body guard and saw for myself the wanton destruction of Auckland's history by Who Knows.

Trying to keep the xmas spirit, I pondered the idea that these long dead people would probably not be unhappy over their remains being uncared for. They were more in touch with reality than modern people, had often had their children die in their arms and had waved goodbye to family and friends and never seen them again, to cross the oceans and lie in broken graves.

Which brings me to another thought. Auckland's track record for it's history is well, missing. Auckland is more a city which has grown like topsy, has accommodated all sorts of people comfortably and is not self-aware or introspective. Maybe its a good thing. Maybe New Zealand needs such a city, maybe history is best left to Dunedin and Christchurch or even Wellington.

So pull down the old and lets build the new, but lets be honest about it.

1 comment:

  1. I went looking for my ancestors in Symonds St Cemetery and all I found was a very sad part of our city. Why isnt it being taken care of? It holds our history, not just to Aucklanders before us but to a lot of New Zealanders. What every happened to all the graves that were dug up when the motorway went through too??
    We need to care about this place of history and it's inhabitants.