The Friends of Symonds Street Cemetery

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Tricia was a member of the augural Waitemata Local Board (2010- 2013) and was instrumental in the setting up of the Friends of Symonds Street Cemetery Inc. She is passionate about developing Symonds Street Cemetery into an Heritage park of which all Aucklanders can be proud.


ATHOL OWENs - Treasurer

Athol has recently been involved in working with the Auckland Council to produce guidelines to assist families to apply for restoration/repair of their own memorials. Athol has first hand knowledge about the process of restoring a grave by recently restoring his own Family memorial. You can contact Athol through the FSSC email address.


SHALE CHAMBERS - Chair of Waitemata Local Board

Shale’s family is buried in Symonds Street cemetery. Shale is an enthusiastic supporter of SSC and is passionate about developing the area into a Heritage Park. He would like to enable Aucklander’s to learn about the Cemetery's past through well documented information and clear signposting.


GARRY LAMBERT - Researcher on SSC Graves

Garry assists with research on plot location as well as identification of graves. Garry is closely involved with assisting Auckland Council to develop a comprehensive database of all the graves and those who are buried in Symonds Street cemetery. You can contact us in order to reach Garry.


DELPHINE LOMAS - Advisor on heritage roses

Dephine’s knowledge of heritage roses makes her a very valued committee member. Delphine has been a member of Heritage Roses since 1990 which also looks after the Nancy Steen Garden, within the Dove Myer Memorial Garden in Parnell. She promotes “Old roses” through talks and working bees in the Cemetery. She also hosts overseas rose experts visiting Auckland.


LYNDA LUCAS - Auckland Council Liaison

Lynda has been involved with the cemetery since 2011 and was involved in the preparation of the ten year development plan. Since being involved with Symonds Street Cemetery Lynda has visited cemeteries in Sydney and Europe to research how other countries are managing their historic cemeteries. If you would like to contact Lynda call 09 3010101 or email



Jill is a member of Parnell heritage roses and a keen Friends of Symonds Street Cemetery (FSSC) member.


JOANNA RYAN - Committee Member

Joanna Ryan, a working mum, married with two children. I have been very interested in family research and have researched my paternal and maternal family histories. This has led me to the Symonds Street Cemetery where my paternal great-great grandparents are buried. Subsequently I was introduced to members of the committee and here I am.