Council Cemeteries

Adelaide Cemeteries are pleased to undertake work on behalf of a number of councils and local government authorities. If you would like to learn about the available options at any of these cemeteries please give us a call or contact us.

Located at the rear of the St Jude’s Church at 444 Brighton Road, Brighton, St Jude’s Cemetery was established in 1854 and is the resting place of many significant South Australians, including Sir Douglas Mawson, Sir William Ashton, and Catherine Helen Spence. The cemetery is State Heritage listed and includes a columbarium (niche) wall for interment of cremated remains. Find it on a map here.

Located at 301 Brighton Road, Somerton Park (with entry via King George Avenue), the North Brighton Cemetery recorded its first burial in 1859. It features the graves of many Glenelg and Brighton identities including William Fisk and the Bagshaw and Chinner families. Find it on a map here.

The Cemetery is a lovely place of solitude and provides within the 3,785 burials a picture of early local settler society and a social record of the activities of the local community. We have many prominent settlers interred plus many local pioneer tradesmen and women including shepherds, preachers, academics, saddle-makers, wheelwrights, boot makers etc.

The land for this cemetery was purchased on 8 May 1849 by the Trustees of the Walkerville Wesleyan Church for the sum of 12 pounds.

The first recorded burial was on 10 April 1850. Although the majority of burials were from the Wesleyan Church, there was a policy of allowing access to members of other denominations, so the cemetery presents a reflection of the earlier settler society of the district. Quite a number of headstones are German reflecting the many workers from Hanover area who came to South Australia to work.

In 1972, the control of the cemetery passed to the Walkerville Council which has overseen the preservation of the cemetery and the remaining records with the assistance of the Wesleyan Cemetery Advisory Committee.

The cemetery has 3,785 recorded burials having taken place, of which about two thirds are children – reflecting the unhygienic conditions in the years 1850-1870.

Planning a funeral can be challenging, so we’re ready with the advice and guidance that you need.