Gardens Road Cemetery

The Gardens Road Cemetery is situated at 191 Gardens Road and was opened on 10 April 1919. The Cemetery served as the official cemetery for Darwin until 11 December 1970. It’s service to the Darwin community encompassed two world wars and catered for a fast growing multi-cultural society including Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Northern European, Anglos and Celts. The cemetery exists as a microcosm of Darwin's history and social associations with representatives from each ethnic group that made up of the culture of Darwin. The Depression years saw many of the older, more prominent Darwin families bury their dead, with Japanese divers, ordinary citizens and a number of servicemen interred in the cemetery. From the outbreak of war in 1939 a number of servicemen, mainly RAAF were buried at Gardens Road Cemetery, as were a number of American servicemen from late 1941.

Despite large numbers of civilians and serviceman killed in the 19 February 1942 raids by the Japanese, only American servicemen were buried there as a result. Exhumations of American servicemen were conducted in 1942 and the Australians were exhumed and relocated to Adelaide River in 1944. The cemetery has an intrinsic value to the community by virtue of its ability to reflect cultural attitudes to burials, the use of cemeteries and the approach to formal landscaping over the period of it's operation.

The cemetery is held in high esteem especially by the Darwin Community for it's symbolic and social associations and generates a great deal of interest from visitors to Darwin.

The Gardens Road Cemetery provides a tangible reminder of the exploits and lives of many who contributed to the development of the Territory, particularly in the years between the wars, and of servicemen who were buried there in the early war years. Many of the graves represent the last resting place of Territorians whose contribution to the Territory is important to the interpretation of the Territory's historical, social and cultural background. During it's years in use, 848 adults and 83 children were recorded as being buried at the cemetery.

This Cemetery was heritage listed in 1999.

The Cemetery is maintained by City of Darwin and any enquiries in relation to the cemetery or burial records can be obtained by phoning 08 8980 3655

A Memorial permit is required to erect any memorials within the cemetery.

An interment of ashes permit is required to inter ashes within the cemetery.