West Terrace Cemetery, referred to in the newspaper article below , is managed by the ACA (Adelaide Cemeteries Authority) on behalf of the South Australian Government which also manages the Cheltenham Cemetery.
There is, however, a huge difference between the two. West Terrace Cemetery no longer re-cycles/ re-uses graves, as does Cheltenham, because it has Heritage status. The graves at West Terrace receive this protection because of a rare indigenous plant growing in its surrounds, not because of the importance of the people interred there.
The gravesites at Cheltenham Cemetery, whilst managed by the same organisation on behalf of the South Australian Government, are being recycled at an alarming rate with many of our “Portonians” (Port Adelaide Pioneers) having strangers buried on top of them and their beautiful memorials removed.
It’s a heartbreak for many descendants returning, often from interstate or overseas, to find their Ancestors final resting place desecrated and demolished. It’s a disgrace that our history is being destroyed in this heartless and uncaring way. We are told that people want to be buried near to where they live and so this is why, when the lease is not renewed, they re-use the graves. This is simply not good enough… It’s also said that it is necessary in order to have this money to maintain the Cemetery. I say that there has to be a better way!!!
Please click on the link below to read the article. Many thanks.
Copyright © 2013. Catherine Crout-Habel
30 Dec 2013