The Cemeteries and Burial Sites of South Georgia

A record of cemeteries, burial sites, memorials, and the people who lie on the island.

South Georgia

The Island of South Georgia lies at the Southern extreme of the South Atlantic Ocean, on the edge of the cold Southern Ocean that surrounds Antarctica. 600 miles from the nearest land, the Falkland Islands, it was the scene of remote seal and whale hunting over the past three centuries. Many died in these harsh industries and were buried on the island, far from home. The hunting has stopped but the men still lie buried here.

This website is dedicated to the families and friends of these men, who may never have the opportunity to visit the graves, but who can at least see some pictures.

The Cemeteries

The main cemeteries are at the abandoned whaling stations of Leith, Stromness, Husvik, Grytviken, Prince Olav Harbour, and Ocean Harbour. There is also a known grave site at Godthul, which was rediscovered in 2006/7. There are undoubtedly unmarked graves in other sites on the island.

Some graves have no markers, so we do not know who is buried there. In other cases, records exist for a person, but we do not know where he is buried.

This website was written by Pat Lurcock in 2004 using HTML, and rewritten in 2010/11/12 using the Joomla patform. It was rewritten again in 2023 and migrated from Joomla to WordPress. Many images have been enlarged, and you can click on them to see larger versions – most are marked with a blue border to indicate that they are a link to larger pictures. In 2024, the South Georgia Heritage Trust kindly took on hosting the site.

Any further information on the individuals would be received with interest. Please email us.

All pictures ┬ęP.M. Lurcock unless otherwise stated. If you see any images that are yours, please let us know; we have been poor at recording ownership and copyright when collecting pictures etc.

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