Built in the late 1990s Contemplation Court is a unique facility in South Australia that allows family and friends to visit loved ones for several months after cremation until final decisions are made. Centennial Park recognised that without a physical place to visit and reflect people can feel lost, particularly in the early stages of the grieving process. Contemplation Court is a courtesy transitional memorial service provided to the families of those who have been cremated at Centennial Park.
Centennial Park is affectionately known as the cemetery on top of the hill and we take pride in being South Australia’s largest cemetery and provider of cremation, burial, memorial and chapel services. Consisting of 40 hectares (100 acres) of grounds we have been proudly serving the community of South Australia since 1936.
Our first burial occurred in 1938. By the end of April 1939, there had only been 34 burials at Centennial Park. 50 years later in 1988 we had conducted 1,285 burials and 3,262 cremations. By the end of June 2015, nearly 80 years after our establishment this number has increased to 88,391 burials and 162,442 cremations.
Whether it was because we were one of the first cemeteries to build a crematorium separate from its chapels, or the first cemetery in South Australia to develop a dedicated children’s section, we have always been renowned for our ground breaking initiatives. Our history is filled with many interesting facts and our grounds are open to the public every day of the year, so anyone can pay tribute to loved ones and explore all that is on offer.