Cairns War Cemetery

Cairns Civil Cemetery


James Street, Cairns 4870

Cairns Cemetery contains a special plot of war service graves within its boundaries. Known as the Cairns War Cemetery, the plot is dominated by a large Cross of Sacrifice which stands opposite the entrance. It contains war dead from two world wars.


The War Cemetery contains the graves of 70 soldiers, 17 airmen and 10 sailors of the Australian forces, and one Dutch sailor. There are a total of 136 war graves throughout the entire Cairns Cemetery including eight burials from World War I, 109 Commonwealth burials of World War II, and 19 Dutch burials from World War II.

The site is maintained by the Office of Australian War Graves, as the representative of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who are responsible for more than 1.7 million war dead from WWI and II, and some other conflicts.


Pearce, Howard (contributing author).

Office of Australian War Graves (website)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (website)