Karrakatta Cemetery

Karrakatta Cemetery is a metropolitan cemetery in the suburb of Karrakatta in Perth, Western Australia. Karrakatta Cemetery first opened for burials in 1899, the first being that of wheelwright 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]

Karrakatta Cemetery
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Main entrance to Karrakatta Cemetery
Details
Established1899
Location
CountryAustralia
Coordinates31°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 byMetropolitan Cemeteries Board
Size98.34 ha
No. of graves>201,000
No. of cremations>189,000
WebsiteKarrakatta Cemetery
Find a GraveKarrakatta Cemetery
FootnotesKarrakatta Cemetery - Billion Graves
Karrakatta Cemetery grounds
John and Elsie Curtin's grave

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

Notable peopleEdit

Notable people interred within Karrakatta Cemetery include:

There are also ten Victoria Cross recipients who are interred in Karrakatta Cemetery:[23]

War gravesEdit

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.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karrakatta Historical Walk Trail One (item 27). Official website
  2. ^ a b c Karrakatta Cemetery: Rich with heritage...caring for precious memories Archived 7 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine. (Brochure). Government of Western Australia, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board.
  3. ^ [1] Archived February 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Karrakatta Cemetery". Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2018.. At State Heritage Office, Western Australia
  5. ^ "News and Notes". The West Australian. 1 August 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  6. ^ Birman, Wendy; Wood, Evelyn. "Beadle, Jane (Jean) (1868–1942)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  7. ^ Margaret Brown (1981), 'Cowan, Edith Dircksey (1861–1932)' " in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press.
  8. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Huge Crowd Pays Homage". The Daily News (City Final ed.). Perth: National Library of Australia. 9 July 1945. p. 8. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Heath Andrew Ledger (1979 - 2008) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Summary Of Record Information". Metropolitan Cemeteries Board. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  20. ^ Trinca, Mathew. "del Piano, James Andrew (Jim) (1916 - 1981)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  21. ^ "DEATH OF MR. F. C. B. VOSPER". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld. 14 January 1901. p. 5. Retrieved 9 August 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  22. ^ Wendy Birman, G. C. Bolton (1990) "Wittenoom, Sir Edward Charles (Horne) (1854–1936)", pp. 553–554 in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12, Melbourne University Press.
  23. ^ "Vc Burials - Australia - Western Australia". Victoriacross.org.uk. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  24. ^ "PERTH (KARRAKATTA) GENERAL CEMETERY". Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  25. ^ [2]
  26. ^ "WESTERN AUSTRALIA CREMATION MEMORIAL, PERTH". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016. CWGC Cemetery report, Western Australia Cremation Memorial, detail from casualty record.

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