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|
|Official name||Karrakatta Cemetery|
|Designated||27 April 1999|
|Municipality||City of Nedlands|
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.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:
There are also ten Victoria Cross recipients who are interred in Karrakatta Cemetery:
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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