Brighton (St Jude) Cemetery, South Australia Back to Search

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Cemetery Details

Location Brighton Road , Brighton, Holdfast Bay - South Australia, Australia
Co‑ordinates S35.016896, E138.523078

Located at the rear of the St Jude’s Anglican Church at 444 Brighton Road, Brighton, South Australia.

St Judes Cemetery is a State Heritage listed operating cemetery established in 1854 for the St Jude's Church of England.

At the inland end of Jetty Road, stands the contemporary version of old St Jude’s Anglican Church. The original chapel at the rear never gained the ten storey church spire intended when it was built in the 1850s, but it makes up for it in tall stories…only these are true. Many have the name William Voules Brown written all over them.  A footman in old England and a success in early Adelaide, he swung a land deal that helped St Jude’s happen. It included a right of way for all to his cemetery at the back, and so he was curator, grave digger and even host to the wake.   Parts of today’s Brighton Metro Hotel nearby hark back to the “Thatched House Tavern”, and he owned it.   Mr Brown also gave St Jude’s its church bell…on the condition that he could toll it at all the funerals.  Appropriately, he is buried in the cemetery that legally stayed in the family until special legislation resolved the impasse in 1980.

Predictably, there are many more stories in St Jude’s Cemetery.  Four out of the first five burials were infants in the cruel 1850s.

The great geologist and Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson’s simple grave slab is here.

Along with a huge pre-Federation figure, the novelist-social reformer-political campaigner, Catherine Helen Spence. Known as the “Grand Old Lady of Australia”, she is depicted on the five dollar note.

The cemetery is now looked after by the City of Holdfast Bay.  Ph:  08 8229-9938.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   8/3/2015.  Lest we forget.



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HALE, Charles Frederick

Service number S34708
Warrant Officer Class 2
Born 14 Dec 1895

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THOMAS, Neville Aubrey

Service number NX194120
473 Heavy Anti Aircraft Troop
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 22 May 1921

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VAN SENDEN, Dudley Luto

Service number S212023
Born 7 Jun 1892

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SWANN, Bruce Shearer

Service number PA3135
Able Seaman
HMAS Torrens
Royal Australian Navy
Born 20 Aug 1925

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BRUCE, Randolph Roy

Service number 4079
Born 1 Dec 1897

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FROST, Alan Leonard

Service number 37677
Able Seaman
HMAS Torrens
Royal Australian Navy
Born 20 Apr 1926

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ALDRIDGE, James Harding

Service number SX4024
2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 23 May 1918

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MCCLOUD, Clarence Norman

Service number 5613
27th Infantry Battalion
Born Jul 1896