The on-ramp from the Symonds Street/Karangahape Road intersection to the southbound motorway, affected around 2000 graves in the Anglican section – these being in the most-favoured spot, and so containing many historically-significant graves. Some of the headstones from this section are now secured against the on-ramp retaining wall.
Anglican and Catholic remains were re-interred under memorial areas now within their respective sections of the cemetery.
The Anglican memorial carries names inscribed on black granite slabs, flanked by two panels taken from the entrance archway to the Anglican section (which was demolished in 1968).
A large part of the Catholic section of the cemetery was lost, with also about 2000 graves removed. This permanently separated St Benedict’s Church from the cemetery it once adjoined.
The names on the Catholic Memorial are on cast bronze plates. It is interesting to see extra names as late additions to the Catholic memorial.
The memorials reflect the design sensibilities of their era (the late 1960s), and so sit in contrast to picturesque elements of the old cemeteries.