Established in 1937, Karrakatta Crematorium was the first in Western Australia. It has been upgraded and modernised several times over the years. Karrakatta Crematorium is widely regarded as a leading edge facility which exceeds the most rigorous energy conservation and emission control standards in the world.
Karrakatta Cemetery Chapels
There are three indoor chapels at Karrakatta: the Norfolk, the Brown and the Dench. Karrakatta also offers an open air outdoor chapel.
All indoor chapels are air conditioned and possess high quality sound systems.
We suggest that families check with their funeral director regarding the availability of multimedia facilities.
The Norfolk Chapel
The classic Norfolk is the largest of the chapels, comfortably seating 96 people and another 114 standing. For very large funerals, additional space is available within a covered entry area with an external sound system. The Norfolk has a media gallery, organ loft and a quiet room as well as a spacious condolence lounge for receiving family and friends after the service.
The Brown Chapel
The mid-sized Brown Chapel at Karrakatta can accommodate 200 people. An external sound system and condolence lounge complete the facilities.
The Dench Chapel
For smaller funerals, the Dench Chapel provides a more intimate ambience. It is ideal for up to 80 people and includes a small condolence lounge.
The Garden Chapel
Adjacent to the indoor chapel complex is the beautiful Garden Chapel. This chapel provides a picturesque but private setting for families wishing to have an intimate service in the open air.
After the funeral service light food and refreshments may be served in the condolence lounge. A comprehensive catering service is provided by Celeste Catering and can be coordinated with the assistance and advice of your Funeral Director, or by contacting Celeste Catering on 1300 372 774.
Light food and refreshments are available at the Karrakatta Café. This café is located just inside the Railway Road main entrance.
There is to be a maximum of five cars in the funeral cortege – the hearse and four other cars. This limit is set for safety reasons and also to minimise traffic congestion within the cemetery. The funeral cortege will arrive at the main driveway where it will wait until the scheduled time. Mourners can wait at the ‘waiting house’ (near the café) and then follow on foot behind the cars and proceed to the chapel.
Collection of Ashes and Alternatives
After the cremation families may wish to establish a memorial at Karrakatta Cemetery. Soon after the funeral, our Client Services staff will post you a memorial catalogue with information to assist with your selection. There are other alternatives to consider, including:
Scattering of Ashes
Families may want to honour a wish for ashes to be scattered at a favourite beach or special location. We recommend that approval from a controlling authority be obtained before scattering ashes in a private or public place. Alternatively, ashes can be scattered within the grounds of the cemetery. Even though ashes may not be present, a memorial may still be arranged.
Placement of Ashes in a Family Grave
Ashes may be placed in a family grave. On traditional monumental gravesites no memorial is provided. However, you may arrange for a plaque or inscription on the existing headstone. Please contact our staff at the main office for details. Friends and relatives are welcome to attend the placement of ashes. A fee is charged for this service.
Collection of Ashes
Ashes may only be collected by the Administrator of the Funeral or an agent appointed by the administrator. The Administrator of the Funeral is the person who has signed the Permit to Cremate. Twenty four hours notice is required for collection.
If an alternative to the ashes container provided by the Board is required for interment within a cemetery or for the ashes to be taken home, a number of elegant urns are available for selection at our Karrakatta, Fremantle and Pinnaroo offices. Please contact our staff to view the selection. For an appointment call 1300 793 109.