Karrakatta Cemetery

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Karrakatta Cemetery
Karrakatta cem gnangarra.jpg
Main entrance to Karrakatta Cemetery
Established 1899
Location Perth
Country Australia
Coordinates 31°58′12″S 115°47′57″E / 31.97000°S 115.79917°E / -31.97000; 115.79917Coordinates: 31°58′12″S 115°47′57″E / 31.97000°S 115.79917°E / -31.97000; 115.79917
Owned by Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
Size 98.34 ha
Number of graves ?
Karrakatta Cemetery grounds

Karrakatta Cemetery is a metropolitan cemetery in the suburb of Karrakatta in Perth, Western Australia. Karrakatta Cemetery first opened for burials in 1899, with Robert Creighton.[1] Currently managed by the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, the cemetery attracts more than one million visitors each year.[2] Cypress trees located near the main entrance are a hallmark of Karrakatta Cemetery.[2][3] The cemetery contains a crematorium, and in 1995 Western Australia's first mausoleum opened at the site.[2]

The entrance (known as the Waiting House) includes a structure designed by George Temple Poole[4]

Notable people[edit]

People interred at Karrakatta Cemetery include:Prime Minister John Curtin, Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck, author Joseph Furphy, Premier Sir John Forrest and John Scaddan, Auber Octavius Neville,[5] John Carroll, Matthew Raymond Locke MG and Monty Miller There are also ten Victoria Cross recipients who are interred in Karrakatta. And also notable actor Heath Ledger[6]

War graves[edit]

Karrakatta Cemetery contains the graves of 106 Commonwealth service personnel of World War I and 141 of World War II, besides a Dutch naval sailor of the latter war, divided between the cemetery's various denominational plots.[7] In addition, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a memorial to 15 Australian service personnel - 2 sailors, 9 soldiers, 4 airmen - who died in World War II and were cremated at Karrakatta Crematorium.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ www.mcb.wa.gov.au Karrakatta Cemetery: Cemetery Renewal. Accessed 20 April 2006
  2. ^ a b c Karrakatta Cemetery: Rich with heritage...caring for precious memories (brochure). Government of Western Australia, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board.
  3. ^ ww.mcb.wa.gov.au Karrakatta Cemetery. Accessed 20 April 2006.
  4. ^ http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/Public/Inventory/Details/0c7be395-14d0-481f-b878-88153ef3be98
  5. ^ Statesman & Scholars and other fascinating Western Australians. Metropolitan Cemeteries Board.
  6. ^ [1] Burial Locations of VC holders - Western Australia.
  7. ^ [2] CWGC Cemetery Report - Karrakatta Cemetery
  8. ^ [3] CWGC Cemetery Report - Karrakatta Crematorium.