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Published May 9th 2015
Lift the lid on haunted Adelaide
West Terrace Cemetery Tours Uncover Some Grave Secrets
Cemeteries were once thought to be good for just one thing - a place for the bereaved to visit and remember their lost loved ones. Apart from occasional funerals there was little sign of life at cemeteries all about South Australia.
More recently cemeteries in Adelaide are being seen as outdoor museums, places where we can explore and learn about our past. Perhaps the most interesting cemetery in Adelaide is on West Terrace, just on the edge of the CBD. Here one enters a different world, the sound of wind whispering in the pine trees and occasional bird calls replacing the noise of nearby traffic.
But the tranquil atmosphere contrasts with the tales told on tombstones of some of the departed. Heroism and hate, greed and gratitude - all of these qualities can be found in the silent residents resting in West Terrace Cemetery.
The large size of the cemetery makes discovering the interesting bits a challenge, but fortunately the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority makes it easy for us with a range of guided West Terrace Cemetery tours. These fascinating walking tours have a wide appeal for history buffs, backpackers, genealogists and ghost hunters all flocking to join these popular Adelaide attractions.
While some claim that West Terrace Cemetery is one of the most haunted places in Adelaide, these guided tours dwell on factual history rather than the paranormal. However you will be told some grave secrets!
Crime and Punishment From police officers killed in the line of duty, to brazen escape attempts and confronting murders, the Crime and Punishment tour reveals true tales of tragedy, crime, murder, love and death. As visitors delve into Adelaide's seedy underbelly they come face to face with a selection of the perpetrators, their victims and the law enforcers buried at the West Terrace Cemetery.
Tales and Treasures Tales of tragedy and mystery will ignite your imagination in this well researched walking tour. Discover the dreams - and how they dramatically died and lie in West Terrace cemetery. The conundrum of Somerton Man is one that still intrigues us today.
From Housewives to Heroines The role of women in South Australia's history has seldom been given the prominent place that it deserves. Discover women who dared to challenge their place in society, and worked tirelessly to change their future.
A Brave Few
Our early settlers were an intrepid and hardy lot. They travelled for months on ships in terrible conditions. When they arrived in South Australia, there was nothing but hard work awaiting them. A Brave Few recounts the narrative of their successes - and of those who didn't make it.
Unfortunate Ends and Peculiar Practices
With people from around the world coming to South Australia in search of a new life, we have become a society that embraced many unusual different customs, even in death. This is one of the more exotic West Terrace Cemetery tours and uncovers some of the obscure and often unusual ways South Australians have met their fate. It also looks at the lavish and occasionally peculiar funeral customs practiced at the cemetery by exposing grave secrets.
The Adelaide Cemeteries Authority runs guided tours every Tuesday and Sunday, and custom tours are also available for groups. For more information about how to take your trip back in time see the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority website.