Cemetery 1460 - Adelaide River Pioneer

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Adelaide River Pioneer

Lot 100 Dorat Road

Adelaide River

NT

0846

-13.241780

131.109411

A small cemetery with six graves. Only two graves have legible inscriptions. The other four gravesites have only steel pipe fencing around them to mark their locations. All other identifying markers have long since disappeared. The site is heritage listed.

Although a plague displayed at the cemetery states that the cemetery is thought to have been established in 1884, it is believed that the first burial was of a young gold miner, Edwin Allen who died on 16 November 1874. The numbers of graves and extent of the cemetery are unknown as timber markers may have been used for earlier grave sites and have since succumbed to the elements. In circa 1912-1913 the grave yard was described as "..a few ancient crumbling stones, almost hidden by the long grass and weeds."

Adelaide River is a small settlement found between Darwin and Katherine in the Northern Territory's Top End. It lies some 200 km north-east of Katherine. The pioneer cemetery is 150m south of the Adelaide River Railway Bridge. Cemetery access is from the Stuart Highway side of the railway line.

Photographed and transcribed by Jeanice Levez in July 2014.

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