Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia

Cemetery Details

Location Pasadena, Mitcham - South Australia, Australia
Co‑ordinates S34.9966984, E138.592915

Goodwood Road, Pasadena, South Australia.

Centennial Park Cemetery was established in 8 June 1936 to mark the centenary of South Australia, from which its name is derived.  It is the State's largest provider of burial, cremation, funeral and memorial services.

Derrick Gardens
There are over 3,500 memorial headstones within the Derrick Gardens within the cemetery.

Each year students from various schools and colleges join with members of the 2nd/27th AIF to place Australian flags on the graves of returned servicemen and women in the Derrick Garden at Centennial Park Cemetery.

World War II Cemetery
Within Centennial Park there is also a war cemetery, where 195 World War II veterans are buried.
Most of the War Graves in this civil cemetery are in special plts, which lie on each side of the central path (from the entrance of the cemetery), established by the Army in 1942 for the burial of those who died of wounds in military hospitals after the return from operational areas, and those who died during thier war service, of sickness or accident. In 1946, these war graves plots were taken over by the Commission, and a Cross of Sacrifice, the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, was erected in the centre of the groups of graves.

Set on 40 acres of parkland, Centennial Park Cemetery boasts an award-winning chapels complex, modern crematorium and more than 50 individually themed gardens, including South Australia's only memorial island.  

Since 1938, more than 85,000 burials and 149,000 cremations have taken place at Centennial Park Cemetery. 

Throughout the cemetery's history there have been many significant milestones, including the opening of the WA Norman Chapel in 1955, one of the State's first crematoria, followed by the establishment of a separate upgraded crematorium in 1983, which featured three new cremators of modern design.  The development of the Jubilee Chapels Complex in 1986 put Centennial Park Cemetery at the forefront in the provision of combined chapels and lounges, boasting world standard facilities unequalled anywhere else in Australia.


Thank you to DVA for their information.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  17/3/2015.  Lest we forget.



Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

BARNETT, Lindsey Lyle

Service number 231
5th Machine Gun Battalion
Born 11 Nov 1893

TUCK, Eric Roach

Service number 6254
3rd Field Ambulance
Born 10 Oct 1893

MARTIN, Charles James

Service number 1538
10th Infantry Battalion
Born 30 Jun 1892

BUCK, William Nathaniel Claud

Service number 2781A
12th Infantry Battalion
Born 6 Oct 1895

WESTLAKE, Vernon Bright

Service number S77095
Born 2 Jun 1900

CURGENVEN, Donald McPherson

Service number 712
12th Infantry Battalion
Born 26 Jan 1886

TORR, Albert Rex

Service number S2913
Headquarters (2nd AIF)
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 6 Oct 1906

RODDA, William Stephen

Service number S42935
Born 4 Dec 1895

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