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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 27.6-hectare site is located in the south-west corner of the Adelaide central business district, 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.HistoryThroughout 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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  • Volunteers now provide very informative tours, his is a Heritage listed site. Night tours involve actors to add more depth to the experience. recent History?symbolism tour was absolutely fascinating. ...  more »
  • Some people will pass quickly by this tour offering without thinking. Doing so would be a mistake. My wife and I followed two guides, Dave and Trevor, on a general introductory tour and found every mi...  more »
  • The historic cemetery itself is amazing but what really enhanced the experience were the range of brochures available at the entrance to suit your area of interest. Each sets out a self-guided itinera...  more »

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