Explore the rich history of West Terrace Cemetery

West Terrace Cemetery

 Historic West Terrace Cemetery dates back to European settlement of South Australia and is one of the nation's oldest operating cemeteries. 

West Terrace Cemetery has been a feature of Adelaide since Colonel William Light identified its location in his 1837 plan for the city. Since then more than 150,000 souls have been laid to rest at the cemetery bringing together the many threads of our State's rich heritage in one place.

Among the endless rows of 19th century marble and slate headstones are the graves of many leading political, religious, social and business figures, as well as those of a wide range of people whose lives have enriched the history and development of the State.

Wakefield Section, a beautifully landscaped area of virgin land in the north-eastern corner of the cemetery provides a rare opportunity to be buried in a peaceful, everlasting resting place close to the City of Adelaide.

Visitors can also discover the history of West Terrace Cemetery on one of the regular guided walking tours or by following the award winning self-guided Heritage Highlights interpretive trail.

 

 

 

 

West Terrace Cemetery