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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.



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LEWIS, Ruth Pamela

Service number 96754
Born 14 Sep 1921

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HEFFERNAN, William Joseph

Service number 1262
3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born 28 Dec 1884

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LEVY, George Leslie

Service number 7037
1st Divisional Train

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FARMER, William Leslie

Service number 1051
15th Field Ambulance
Born 24 Aug 1889

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HART, Geoffrey William

Service number 2173
Staff Sergeant
AIF Headquarters
Born 4 Mar 1893

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GORDON, Thomas Stanley

Service number 968
3rd Australian General Hospital
Born 1 Oct 1888

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CARTER, Harold Samuel

Service number S212077
Born 3 Aug 1891

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COCKER, George Andrew

Service number 9392
Born 11 Jan 1915

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