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“Ancestors Rest”

West Terrace Cemetery
Ranked #42 of 203 things to do in Adelaide
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Owner description: West Terrace Cemetery has been a feature of Adelaide since Colonel William Light laid out the city in 1837. Now this mini-metropolis of marble and slate reveals much, if not more, of city’s character than some of the more famous city attractions. Discover the many captivating and long-forgotten stories of its inhabitants on a guided tour or by exploring one of the free self-guided walking trails.
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“Ancestors Rest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Usually it would be a bit maudlin talking about cemeteries - but I have been a visitor to this location for 60 years, and it has not changed that much. It is very peaceful where there are large gum trees with rustic seating for contemplation. This is an original city cemetery and I remember walking quietly with grandparents finding old relatives and older gravestones. West Terrace has been well kept and fulfills its role protecting ancestral heritage. Good place to get away from the mobiles/laptops and reflect..........!!

Visited September 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Take a tour and hear the history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

You can wander around on your own and if you are looking for long lost relatives then that's the way to go. But if you want to hear about the history of the state then try and get onto a guided tour. The volunteers are great!
It's not for a hot day though as there is little shade and it gets very hot in there. It's also a bit lonely too, despite being at the edge of the city it's a long way from people it feels. Can get a little spooky - not from the dead, more from the living who wander around in there at times.

Visited March 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Very old and a great deal of history.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

Visited West Terrace Cemetery yesterday to see some of the many war graves. I believe this is the great unknown with this cemetery. There are hundreds of war graves dotted throughout the plots, not just those buried in Light Oval.
This is a very picturesque cemetery and has walking history tours. There are many famous people here. The cemetery is accessible with cars and has searchable database screen at the front gate. This comes in handy if you are looking for someone in particular. There are also bus stops along the road outside. If you are fit enough, it woould be a nice walk from the city.

Visited April 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Remembrance Day Service in West Terrace Cemetery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

I took a group of 60 students to provide music for 2013 Remembrance Day Service.

West Terrace Cemetery is a very important site in the history of South Australia.

I understand that this is our oldest mainland cemetery one will discover interesting life stories of both famous and little known South Australians.

Australia's most famous composers Percy Grainger was buried in this cemetery.

Visited November 2013
Thank Jeff K
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