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
No. of graves >201,000
No. 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]

Notable people interred within Karrakatta Cemetery include:

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

War graves[edit]

As at December 2016 Karrakatta Cemetery contains the graves of 107 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]

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] In addition, 7 Australian personnel of the same war - 2 sailors, 4 soldiers, 1 airman -who were cremated at Karrakatta Crematorium but whose ashes had been scattered or buried at places where CWGC commemoration was not possible are listed by name on the Western Australia Cremation Memorial at the separate Perth War Cemetery.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Karrakatta Cemetery: Rich with heritage...caring for precious memories Archived July 7, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. (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. ^ "News and Notes". The West Australian. 1 August 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Heath Andrew Ledger (1979 - 2008) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  7. ^ [3] Archived December 2, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  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%28KARRAKATTA%29%20GENERAL%20CEMETERY. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ [4][dead link]
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-13.  CWGC Cemetery report, Western Australia Cremation Memorial, detail from casualty record.

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