West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide

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The West Terrace Cemetery is South Australia’s oldest cemetery, first appearing on Colonel William Light’s 1837 plan of Adelaide. The site is located in Park 23 of the Adelaide Park Lands just south-west of the Adelaide city centre, between West Terrace, Anzac Highway, Sir Donald Bradman Drive and the Seaford - Belair Railway Lines. Originally known as the Adelaide Public Cemetery, it is divided into a number of sections for various communities and faiths, including two Catholic areas, as well as Jewish, Afghan, Islamic and Quaker sections.
Throughout much of its early history the West Terrace Cemetery was plagued with controversy and mismanagement. It was the subject of much public and religious debate and was many times under threat of closure. As early as the 1880s the size of the cemetery was considered insufficient to keep up with demand.
In 1843 the establishment of a Jewish burial area began the distinctive denominational division of the cemetery. In 1845 a Catholic cemetery was established on land adjacent the main public cemetery and in 1849 a third of the public cemetery was given over to the Church of England.
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  • I was keen to photograph some grave sites for a friend overseas, and after hearing a snake catcher on the local radio warning people of the above, I was a little hesitant. I perused the Cemetery websi...  more »
  • My visit to this cemetery tracing family history proved very valuable. it is very well signposted and made my search very easy.  more »
  • It was a large cemetery in a part of the L-shaped green belt spread southwest of Adelaide's CBD. There was a small church on the site, and there was an object of the animal which was sucking the bird at the entrance of the cemetery.
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  • Peaceful place for a visit, walk or ride, but tree roots and water table have shifted many graves over the years, condition is deteriorating. Many well-known and lesser-known local personalities rest here.
  • Travel back in time and visit the resting place of many notable south australians.
  • I like this cemetery, it has a bike track through it and is peaceful.
  • Good variety of valuables to be dug up
  • Loved the themed walks available.
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