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West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide

Categories: Cemeteries, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • I've been in here to visit relatives... I think it is just like other cemeteries just, you know, bigger and older. Perhaps for history lovers or those into the occult it has some sort of appeal but I ...  read more »
  • I found the West Terrace Cemetery to be a great place to explore, discover and learn about Adelaide's history. It was well laid out, easily referenced by the maps (both at the site and online), easy t...  read more »
  • This is a theatrical tour around the cemetery, using hand held, interactive lanterns. Telling stories of some of the residents. As a visitor I loved it. Would highly recommend. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • While the cemetery itself is charming, I and my cousin have been unable to find any records giving the location of our grandfather's grave in WTC. The office was not staffed when we visited today (21.1.15) and the person who answered the phone could only refer us to the touch screen. This, however, gives no location for the grave we seek, and records our grandfather's d.o.d as 1999 instead of November 1946. Our grandfather, Francis Lymer Gratton, was a person of some fame in Adelaide as a music teacher, composer and conductor of the famous Thousand Voices Choirs. Not only can we not find any indicator of the location of his grave, but there is no online information, and the downloadable Records Search request does not seem to allow for this specific enquiry.
  • Surprised that The Unknown Man/Somerton Man/ Tamam Shud is not listed as being buried here.
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