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Town of Walkerville

An Introduction.

 

 

The Walkerville Wesleyan Cemetery is located at 10 Smith Street Walkerville.

The Cemetery is a lovely place of solitude and provides within the 3785 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 May 8th 1849 by the Trustees of the Walkerville Wesleyan Church for the sum of 12 pounds.

The first recorded burial was on April 10th 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 Friends of the Walkerville Wesleyan Cemetery.

The last recorded burial took place in May, 1973. Subsequently the Cemetery was closed with 3,785 recorded burials having taken place, of which about two thirds were children reflecting the unhygienic conditions in the years 1850 – 1870.

Following demand and community consultation, the Council re-opened the Cemetery for the inurnment of cremated remains in late 2004.

Contact with the Friends can be made through the Walkerville Council on 08 8342 7100

Postal Address: PO Box 55 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville SA 5081