War Cemeteries in Australia

The major theatres of the world wars may have been overseas, but the lives of over 12 000 Australians ended here in their home country during WW2 or as a result of their service during WW1. In 72 Commonwealth war cemeteries and plots and over 1 900 civil cemeteries lie Australian, other Commonwealth and Allied war dead, civilian casualties and even two enemy military dead. The OAWG maintains Cowra Japanese War Cemetery and Tatura German War Cemetery for their respective Governments.

Many of the war cemeteries and graves are situated close to the sites of WW2 military bases and facilities. Each plays a unique part in telling the story of Australia at war.

Table of Australian war cemeteries and plots A full list of Australian war cemeteries and plots and also civil cemeteries with over 100 war dead.
New South Wales Sydney War Cemetery is Australia's largest and by chance features the only Stone of Remembrance in the country. Unusually there are two war cemeteries at Cowra, one for Australians and one for Japanese casualties of war.
Northern Territory Cemeteries in the Territory include Alice Springs and Adelaide River, headquarters for a large base during WW2. Adelaide River Civil Cemetery also contains civilian casualties from the bombing of Darwin, including those of 31 indigenous Australians.
Queensland The State's various war cemeteries reflect its strategic significance during WW2, close to operations in Papua and New Guinea. The 6th, 7th and 9th Divisions were all based around Atherton, and General MacArthur, American Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, moved his HQ to Brisbane in 1942.
South Australia Adelaide's Centennial Park War Cemetery contains many who died after returning home wounded, while the smaller Mallala and Port Pirie War Cemeteries tell the story of RAAF training accidents.
Tasmania The sacrifices of the world wars reached all parts of Australia, as these cemeteries in our southernmost State prove.
Victoria In Springvale War Cemetery in Melbourne lie hundreds who died from wounds, sickness and accidents, while Bairnsdale, Sale and Mildura War Cemeteries contain numbers of airmen killed in training accidents. Tatura German Military Cemetery holds well over 250 Servicemen and civilian internees.
Western Australia Perth War Cemetery has graves of Australian and Allied war dead, with headstones made from a distinctive locally-mined grey granite. Perth also has a Dutch Annexe which contains the graves of Dutch Servicemen and civilians as well as a Memorial to the Missing commemorating those killed during the 3 March 1942 attack by Japanese planes on Broome.
Cairns War Cemetery, Qld

Cairns War Cemetery, Qld

Sydney War Cemetery, NSW

Sydney War Cemetery, NSW

Springvale War Cemetery, Vic

Springvale War Cemetery, Vic