AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia

Cemetery Details

Location 161 West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Co‑ordinates S34.936599, E138.583842
Description

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.

Within its boundaries lies the AIF Cemetery and the related Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery (CWGC) section, with a prominent Cross of Sacrifice as its focus.  The CWGC cemetery contains 268 graves of service personnel who died in service, generally of wounds, in the nearby Keswick Barracks military hospital.  The AIF Cemetery contains the graves of more than 4,000 ex-service personnel, including four Victoria Cross winners from WW I. 

Brigadier Arthur Blackburn VC, CMG,ED (/explore/people/930) (formerly of 'Blackforce', Java WW2 (/explore/units/369), 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion WW2 (/explore/units/367) and 10th Battalion AIF WW1 (/explore/units/1))

Corporal Reginald 'Roy' Inwood, VC (/explore/people/44803) 10th Battalion AIF 

Cororal Phil Davey, VC, MM (/explore/people/116325), 10th Battalion AIF

Corporal Jorgen Jensen, VC, (/explore/people/26239) 50th Battalion AIF (/explore/units/6)

The West Terrace Cemetery recently marked its 175th anniversary.  This occasion was celebrated with an extensive program of community events and activities.

Soon it will be the Centenary of the AIF section of the Cemetery coincident with the Centenary of ANZAC Commemorations.

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.

n links to the Adelaide Cemetery Authority (www.aca.sa.gov.au) and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site for West Terrace (www.cwgc.org).  There are also listing in the General section of West Terrace Cemetery (/explore/cemeteries/72).  Links are also located in the sidebar of this page

 

Steve Larkins January 2013

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

SCOTT, Henry Roland

Service number 12669
Lance Sergeant
11th Field Ambulance
AIF WW1
Born 1871

DAUNIGHT, Albert Charles

Service number S50276
Private
Born 28 Nov 1887

OSWALD, Edward George

Service number 888
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 17 Jul 1897

WISE, Henry John

Service number 899
Trooper
11th Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 14 Jun 1895

CARN, Horace Edwin Gilbert

Service number 1839
Private
5th Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Jul 1884

PFENNIG, Eldred August

Service number 2226
Lance Corporal
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Dec 1893

KILDAEL, Esta Cornelia

Service number SISTER
Nursing Sister
2nd Australian General Hospital: AIF
AIF WW1
Born 5 Jul 1876

MALYCHA, Michael

Service number 6845
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Sep 1898