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 >201,000
Number of cremations >189,000
Website Karrakatta Cemetery
Find a Grave Karrakatta Cemetery
Footnotes Karrakatta Cemetery - Billion 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] 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, Qantas co-founder Paul McGinness, Premier Sir John Forrest and John Scaddan, Auber Octavius Neville,[5] Matthew Raymond Locke MG, Monty Miller, and William Baldwin (member of the New Zealand House of Representatives).[6] In addition, the ashes of Academy Award-winning actor Heath Ledger were scattered on his family's plot in the cemetery.[7]

There are also ten Victoria Cross recipients who are interred in Karrakatta[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Karrakatta Cemetery: Rich with heritage...caring for precious memories (brochure). Government of Western Australia, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board.
  3. ^ [2] Archived February 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131105115816/http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/Public/Inventory/Details/0c7be395-14d0-481f-b878-88153ef3be98. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ [3] Archived December 2, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "News and Notes". The West Australian. 1 August 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Heath Andrew Ledger (1979 - 2008) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  8. ^ "Vc Burials - Australia - Western Australia". Victoriacross.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140826115944/http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/14119/PERTH%20(KARRAKATTA)%20GENERAL%20CEMETERY. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ [4][dead link]

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