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Main entrance to Karrakatta Cemetery
|Owned by||Metropolitan Cemeteries Board|
|No. of graves||>201,000|
|No. of cremations||>189,000|
|Find a Grave||Karrakatta Cemetery|
|Footnotes||Karrakatta Cemetery - Billion Graves|
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. Managed by the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, the cemetery attracts more than one million visitors each year. Cypress trees located near the main entrance are a hallmark of Karrakatta Cemetery. The cemetery contains a crematorium, and in 1995 Western Australia's first mausoleum opened at the site.
The entrance (known as the Waiting House) includes a structure designed by George Temple Poole.
Notable people interred within Karrakatta Cemetery include:
- William Baldwin, New Zealand politician
- Elsie Curtin, wife of John Curtin
- John Curtin, 14th Prime Minister of Australia
- Sir John Forrest, 1st Premier of Western Australia
- Joseph Furphy, author
- Dame Alexandra Hasluck, authour and wife of Paul Hasluck
- Sir Paul Hasluck, 17th Governor-General of Australia and politician
- Heath Ledger, actor (ashes)
- Matthew Locke, soldier
- Paul McGinness, co-founder of Qantas Airways
- Monty Miller, unionist
- Auber Octavius Neville, public servant
- John Scaddan, 10th Premier of Western Australia
- Thomas Axford
- John Carroll
- Sir Hughie Edwards
- Robert Gee
- James Heather Gordon
- George Julian Howell
- Martin O'Meara
- Clifford Sadlier
- Hugo Throssell
- James Park Woods
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.
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. 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.
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- Karrakatta Cemetery - Billion Graves