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Alberton Cemetery – Stories from Gods Acre

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Date:

October 21

Time:

06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Event Category:

Events

Event Tags:

Alberton, cemetry

Click to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/alberton-cemetery-tickets-105860299004
Organizer

Port Adelaide Historical Society

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/port-adelaide-historical-society-11326449005
Venue

Port Adelaide Pioneer Park

William Street, Alberton, SA

Alberton, SA, AU

Please join us for a history of the Alberton Cemetery and some of the fascinating stories of the people buried within.   Why was the body of Edward Walker left out overnight; where did the Sexton find the box of old bank notes; whose funeral did his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh attend, what did the children do with the bones and the very last burial of Miss Mary Ann Moore some 100 years later.

Access from Parker Street is by a set of steps, and from William Street by a pathway between the house numbered 10 and unit 8/16.

Please bring your own Chair or rug if you wish to sit on the lawns.

Alberton Cemetery: four acres of Section 1300, Hundred of Yatala, granted to Captain Dean Farrell and Mr Woodcock on November 11, 1847.

Later the cemetery was ceded as Glebe Lands by the Government to the Anglican Church of St Paul the Apostle at Port Adelaide. At that time, 166 years ago, the four acre cemetery was a salt swamp on two sides, as was the land to the north as far as the wharves.  

The area ceased as a working cemetery when closed to new leases in 1874 and the last burial took place more than 70 years ago.  A historic list of burials was made by Reverend Ross prior to 1990 and details of the approximately 3,000 people interred.

The cemetery was restored as an open space by the Port Adelaide Council in 1990

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