The mausoleum tradition
The tradition of above ground entombment in a mausoleum has existed for thousands of years. In many countries around the world, mausoleums are popular for their ability to commemorate and honour the dead in a place specifically designed for dignified repose.
The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB) has built four beautiful public mausoleums, each with its own unique style and character, which allows the Western Australian community access to this distinguished form of final rest.
This website provides a brief introduction to our mausoleums but for more detailed information please contact our Client Services staff on 1300 793 109 for a copy of our Mausoleums Information Guide. We invite you to visit our mausoleums at your leisure or if you prefer, you can download an online version of the Mausoleums Information Guide here.
The first Karrakatta Mausoleum and Ossuary is a building inspired by traditional Mediterranean architecture. It has a variety of crypt locations including shaded garden terraces and the more intimate private chapels. Comprising five stages in total, Karrakatta’s first mausoleum is now completed in its entirety. Only crypts in stages four and five remain available for purchase.
Families wishing to secure a crypt within the first mausoleum are advised to pre-purchase to avoid disappointment.
Karrakatta’s second mausoleum, the All Saints Mausoleum, was blessed on November 6 2011. The new mausoleum offers a variety of crypts housed through intimate Mediterranean terraces and an enclosed chapel.
The Swan Region Mausoleum takes the form of Mediterranean-style, open-air garden crypts. Set within the natural surrounds of Guildford Cemetery, it provides a welcoming and uplifting environment and a serene location for the final resting place of a loved one.
Located at the historic Midland Cemetery the Midland Mausoleum consists of 48 crypts all housed within a furnished, private chapel. This intimate space is perfect for quiet contemplation and remembrance. Midland Mausoleum is nearing full capacity and there are no plans for further construction. Pre-purchasing is strongly advised should families wish to secure crypts for future use.
The Fremantle Mausoleum is a building of timeless architectural design. It incorporates two chapels as well as a number of terraces and garden crypts. Set amidst landscaped gardens, the Fremantle Mausoleum is a fitting place for final rest.
Purchasing a crypt
Crypts at all mausoleums can be purchased at the time of bereavement (at-need) or can be purchased prior to bereavement (pre-need). To ensure a reservation in a preferred location, pre-purchasing is advised.
Crypts may be purchased prior to the time of need and will be reserved by the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board until required. Pre-purchasing gives your family the peace of mind of knowing that your crypt is available for the future in a safe and secure facility. The entombment fees may be pre-paid or otherwise the fee will be payable at the time of entombment. If you are interested in securing a crypt for the future, our Client Services staff will be pleased to show you the available options.
Certificate of Entitlement
Each crypt or ossuary compartment is sold with a certificate of entitlement. This provides you with exclusive entitlements to the crypt.
Grant of Right of Entombment
The Grant of Right of Entombment is granted for a period of 25 years and can be extended to 50 years on application. The 25-year tenure will commence upon purchase of the Grant of Right of Entombment.
Flower and Ornament Policy
The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board is committed to maintaining its cemeteries and memorial gardens to a high standard.
Following an extensive community consultation exercise, a revised policy was developed in 2011.
We thank our visitors for observing the conditions described in the policy and request that visitors familiarise themselves with the guidelines that apply to the placement of flowers and ornaments within the mausoleums.
A copy of the Flower and Ornament Policy can be downloaded here. Alternatively, please contact Client Services on 1300 793 109 if you would like to have a copy mailed to you.