Harveys Return Cemetery - SA

  Cemetery,Grave Site


DEG: -35.752048 136.632294
DMS: 35º 45' 7.37" S 136º 37' 56.26" E
UTM: 53 H 6042324mN 647580mE
Altitude: 91m


Place Type

Heritage - Cemetery,Grave Site


200.74kms SouthWest of Adelaide - Driving 264 km (5 hours 12 mins)

Address & Contact

Playford Highway
Phone: N/A
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In the early days the only access to the lighthouse was by sea and there were many times of tragedy as the small cemetery demonstrates. The first keeper died after injuring his eye walking through the bush and no outside medical assistance was available. Eight children of keepers died including one who fell off the cliff and one who simply went missing. Another keeper also died and two keeper’s wives, one of whom in childbirth. The master and nine crew of the vessel Fides drowned when the ship went down near Cape Borda in 1860 and second keeper Charles Johnson was commended for returning the four survivors to Adelaide in a small boat in a “tempestuous season”.
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Closest Weather Station

Cape Borda at 01/01:30pm CDT
Distance from Harveys Return Cemetery 3.3km W
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Stenhouse Bay
Distance from Harveys Return Cemetery 59.4km NE
Mean Max. °C25.024.923.220.918.516.315.516.218.119.822.023.1
Mean Min. °C16.717.115.914.
Mean Rain mm12.915.322.927.251.573.164.958.645.430.722.017.0

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