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.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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  • An amazing cemetery. Could spend many hours searching and reflecting. How lucky to have such a well kept cemetery. Our heritage in these cemeteries must be preserved. So much history.  more »
  • I am a regular visitor here visiting a relative. The history is amazing going back in to our past. this in additional to current burials at the site  more »
  • Looking for a family grave the computer screen provided the details and with the printed map in hand we headed off. We stopped to collect some of the varied leaflets provided by the Adelaide Cemeterie...  more »
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  • A major historic resource with a significant ex-service section. Good touchscreen resource allows ready searches with print-out.
  • It was a comfortable experience. I will say that getting in bed has a big thud, but at least I am happy. I often come out at night for a fun party with my neighbors like Arnold Sneider XI who is very old. I really like this old folks home and I recommend it to others.
  • I wish there was some way of contacting Meredith Whitford. I can understand her disappointment. However, the database shows that Francis Lymer Gratton was cremated in 1946 and this is why a grave cannot be located. The office at West Terrace is never staffed as enquiries are handled by the Cemeteries Authority at Enfield. The staff there are helpful and very keen to help with enquiries either by phone or in person at Enfield. This is a wonderful historic site and well worth a visit for historical interest as well as family matters.
  • Really enjoyed one of the self guided walks around the cemetery - free guide leaflets on the board just near the entrance. Some truly fascinating stories about the early days of Adelaide
  • The night tour is fantastic, best of its kind.
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