Karrakatta Cemetery

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Karrakatta Cemetery
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Main entrance to Karrakatta Cemetery
CountryFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Coordinates 31°58′12″S115°47′57″E / 31.97000°S 115.79917°E / -31.97000; 115.79917 Coordinates: 31°58′12″S115°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
Website www.mcb.wa.gov.au/our-cemeteries/karrakatta-cemetery
Find a Grave Karrakatta Cemetery
Footnotes Karrakatta Cemetery - Billion Graves
Karrakatta Cemetery
Official nameKarrakatta Cemetery
TypeMunicipal Inventory
CriteriaCategory B
Designated27 April 1999
Reference no. 612
MunicipalityCity of Nedlands
Karrakatta Cemetery grounds Karrakatta Cemetery.JPG
Karrakatta Cemetery grounds
John and Elsie Curtin's grave John Curtin grave.JPG
John and Elsie Curtin's grave

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]


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

Notable people

Notable people interred within Karrakatta Cemetery include:

There are also ten Victoria Cross recipients who are interred in Karrakatta Cemetery: [24]

War graves

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. [25]

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. [26] 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. [27]

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