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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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MOSS, Samuel Graham

Service number 3638
10th Infantry Battalion
Born Dec 1892

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COLLINS, Bert Highbury

Service number 3628
50th Infantry Battalion
Born 14 Jun 1891

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CLARKE, Frederick William

Service number 12798
11th Field Ambulance
Born 18 Sep 1890

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PARKS, Edward Joseph

Service number Officer
Lieutenant Colonel
16th Infantry Battalion
Born 18 Jun 1892

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BAILS, Thomas Joseph

Service number 416919
Flight Lieutenant
No. 200 Flight (RAAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 25 Nov 1909

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EDWARDS, Hartley James

Service number 890
10th Infantry Battalion
Born 10 Sep 1894

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COCKS, John Alfred

Service number S110173
118th General Hospital
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 15 Sep 1924

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Service number 1951
16th Infantry Battalion
Born 14 Aug 1889

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