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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  • September 5, 2017
    West terrace Cemetery is definately a place to go. A tour guide will show the interesting grave sites to see. Many are old settlers  more »
  • May 27, 2017
    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 »
  • April 5, 2017
    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 »
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  • May 17, 2016
    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.
  • October 7, 2016
    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.
  • May 11, 2016
    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
  • July 24, 2016
    The night tour is fantastic, best of its kind.
  • February 27, 2015
    Surprised that The Unknown Man/Somerton Man/ Tamam Shud is not listed as being buried here.

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