In Semester 2 of the 2016 academic year at The University of Auckland, students in a Stage III Anthropology course, ANTHRO 337 – Birth, Death, and Disease: Anthropological Demography, undertook a research project aimed at conducting a demographic analysis of the Auckland’s Symonds Street Cemetery. Also enrolled in the course were several postgraduate Honours students who conducted their own independent research using the Cemetery data. The Stage III students visited the Cemetery and transcribed information directly from the headstones present in the Anglican, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan/General sections, while the postgraduate students transcribed the digital records from the online database of burials in all sections of Symonds Street Cemetery.

Attached are the postgraduate research reports and the top undergraduate research reports; the course outline and assignment guidelines which structured the students’ reports are also included. Please note that this student work is presented as originally submitted; it has not undergone peer review and should be used and interpreted with due caution.

The students enjoyed the visiting the Cemetery and engaging with the data which represent the lives of past Aucklanders. It is our hope that these reports will be of use to others interested in the history of Auckland and of the Cemetery.


Dr. Heather Battles