At Centennial Park, we’re proud to provide a beautiful, peaceful and reflective community space for all South Australians from all cultural backgrounds to commemorate their loved ones.
Established in 1936 in the foothills of Adelaide’s inner south, with sweeping views of the city and glimpses of the ocean, our Park has long been considered the state’s premier cemetery. Our beautifully landscaped grounds span 40 hectares (100 acres) and include over 30 thoughtfully designed gardens and burial areas, three unique service spaces in our award-winning Jubilee Complex. In March 2021, we officially opened the state’s first Cemetery Café, Wildflowers Café and Centennial Park function rooms.
Centennial Park is the resting place of more than 150,000 individuals, including many historic figures, and provides a valuable emotional “anchor point” for their friends and families. We continue to raise community awareness of different ways to mark, and cope with a loved one’s passing.
We also regularly stage meaningful community events that respectfully embrace the essence of life such as art and music, theatre, food and more to strengthen South Australians’ sense of connection to the Park, both before and after loss.
Centennial Park is open all year ‘round, and we invite you to experience our tranquil grounds first-hand.
Contemplation Court is a courtesy temporary memorial service provided to the families of those who have been cremated at Centennial Park. Built in the late 1990s Contemplation Court is a unique facility in South Australia that allows family and friends to visit loved ones for up to six months after cremation and until final decisions are made about a more permanent memorial. Centennial Park was the first cemetery in Australia to offer such a space.
Contemplation Court plays an important role in the grieving process for families and friends. It provides a peaceful and reflective place for people to visit during the early stages of grieving as they begin to come to terms with the loss of their loved one.
Situated at the heart of Centennial Park is the award-winning Jubilee Complex. Designed by local architect Geof Nairn, the Jubilee Complex was developed to accommodate multi-denominational funeral services. It was one of the first buildings that separated chapel services from cremation services and was designed to provide comfortable contemplative sanctuaries for our visitors. The Jubilee Complex was one of the first buildings that provided shelter for mourners before and after services and improved pedestrian flow, allowing visitors to enter through the main foyer and then flow into their own reflective sanctuary.
Made from Donnybrook sandstone, The Jubilee Complex is an example of 1980s Post-Modern style architecture and has won many awards including the 1987 BOMA Award, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (SA Chapter) 1987 Award of Merit and the Enduring Architecture Award 2015.
In recent years our environmental initiatives have won many accolades including the United Nations World Environment Day Award. We are an environmental leader in the Australian cemetery and crematoria industry. Environmental sustainability and the reduction of our carbon footprint forms part of our continued efforts to be a good corporate citizen.
We were the first cemetery in Australia to undertake annual carbon emission audits and to manage our entire greenhouse emissions through the purchase of certified carbon credits ensuring that what Centennial Park cannot eliminate is offset. Since the commencement of our annual assessments in 2007, carbon emissions have been reduced by 545 tonnes (37% reduction) as of June 2019. We openly communicate and share our initiatives with other cemeteries and the broader business community, providing expertise to assist them in improving their own environmental performance.
350 solar panels have been installed and 2,500 trees and shrubs are planted yearly. Since 2007 we have successfully reduced waste to landfill by 32.1%, electricity consumption by 42% and reliance on mains water by 16.4%.
Derrick Gardens and the Cross of Remembrance
Derrick Gardens holds a very special place in the heart of many South Australians. Established in 1956 Derrick Gardens is a specifically designated area for returned or current service personnel. Unlike traditional upright headstones, Derrick Gardens is fitted with sloping Dutch footstools meaning individuals are interred with a memorial marker at the foot of their grave. This ensures that the fallen soldiers laid to rest in Derrick Gardens face the morning sunrise.
Our annual Remembrance Day Service is a time-honoured tradition that commemorates the courage and sacrifices of the Australian men and women who have fallen and served in times of war. Our service takes place in Derrick Gardens beneath two pine trees grown from the seeds from the site of Australia’s main war memorial in Gallipoli where the Battle of Lone Pine was fought in 1915. Australian flags adorn more than 3500 memorial headstones, providing a moving backdrop for the service.
The Cross of Remembrance stands as a symbol of service and sacrifice for all those who served their country in times of war. Surrounding the Cross of Remembrance is a rosemary hedge grown from a descendant of those at ANZAC Cove, and planted on Remembrance Day 2000 by Mrs Thelma Tregoweth, the wife of an ANZAC veteran.
Garden of Remembrance
Located adjacent to Derrick Gardens is the Office of Australian War Graves. Situated within this area is the Garden of Remembrance, which is an official government commemoration space for service personnel. In instances where families have chosen to scatter the ashes of their veteran loved one, The Garden of Remembrance is intended to publicly commemorate anyone who was entitled to a war grave headstone but did not use it.
Providing an ambiance of peace and tranquillity, veterans are commemorated in the company of those with whom they served. The Garden of Remembrance has a plaque capacity of 30,000 and does not have a provision for remains or ashes.
Large brass replicas of an aeroplane propeller, a ship’s wheel, and a gun carriage wheel, representing the three services, flank the approaching road to the Garden of Remembrance.
State Services Memorial
Our State Services Memorial is dedicated to the South Australian men and women who serve in the States services. Situated near our tropical garden the State Services Memorial is a space to commemorate and remember those who have lost their lives in service to the state of South Australia. State Services include both professional and volunteer-based organisations.