A memorial or, as some people refer to it, a ‘cremation memorial’ is so much more than the old fashioned plaque on a brick wall that used to define memorialisation in cemeteries decades ago. Memorials have evolved to provide a diverse range of beautiful choices for families.

A memorial plays an important role for those left behind and future generations to come. It is a place of focus. A place to reflect. A place to visit. A fitting tribute and a site of import for future generations . A memorial should be genuinely special. Whether a big plaque or a small plaque, a seat, a tree, a rock; the range of memorials available at metropolitan cemeteries is as diverse as the community for whom memorial gardens are established to serve.

An enormous team of gardeners lovingly tend acres and acres of gardens; all with their purpose of providing respectful and splendid locales for commemoration.

The range of memorials available at the six cemeteries operated by the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board is intentionally diverse to provide choice and is potentially overwhelming for those planning a commemoration.

Whilst this website includes a snapshot of the memorials offered at the six cemeteries and memorial parks operated by the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, a detailed memorial selection guide can also be downloaded from this link. If you would prefer a printed copy and have not received a copy of the guide from our offices via mail, copies can be requested by telephoning us on 1300 793 109 or by sending an email with ‘Memorials Selection Guide Request – Hard Copy’ in the subject line to mcb@mcb.wa.gov.au.

In recognition of the need to find something particularly special and the fact that establishing a memorial really does require attention to be spent of the finer detail, the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board offers complimentary memorials selection appointments at all of our cemetery locations. To arrange an appointment, please contact the cemetery of choice on 1300 793 109.

The original purchase price will include the first inscription (i.e. the first commemorative plaque and set of ashes). For additional inscriptions (i.e. additional commemorations), a smaller fee is paid at the time of need. For those not selecting a memorial with the capacity to accommodate multiple family members but wishing to make arrangements for the future, we strongly advise that an adjacent position alongside the first be reserved.

White and pink rose detail
Reflection wall with foliage
display niche white tulip
Sample Memorials 


At Karrakatta Cemetery, the largest public cemetery in Western Australia, you will find a wide range of memorials to commemorate a loved one in a tranquil and unique setting.  Memorial options include:


Standard Grevillea

Standard Grevilleas are spectacular flowering Australian natives that are symmetrical, evergreen, water wise and long flowering. They are ideally suited to the Perth climate whilst still being able to exude the style and elegance of a standard styled propagation.

Grevillea flower Karrakatta Cemetery









Tree of Life

Hand carved from the finest granite, the Tree of Life supports a number of bronze leaves each of which provides a heartfelt way to commemorate the life of a loved one within the classic gardens of Karrakatta.

Tree of Life granite memorial Karrakatta Cemetery


Memorial Walls

Memorial Walls, situated amongst the lush and serene garden settings at Karrakatta, afford a prominent position for a double or single memorial plaque. The ashes are placed in the garden adjacent to the plaque position.

Reflection Wall with plaques Karrakatta Cemetery










Family Shrubs and Trees

A native or exotic shrub or tree creates a unique living memorial for an individual or group of up to four. There is a wide selection of shrubs and trees to choose from at Karrakatta Cemetery.

Row of cherry trees Karrakatta Cemetery











Book of Remembrance

Housed within a tastefully appointed enclosure in the centre of Karrakatta’s historic precinct, the Book of Remembrance is a thoughtful way to commemorate a life. Each page is dedicated to a day of the year, and the pages are turned to correspond with the current date. You can designate a preferred memorialisation date – for instance, it may coincide with the anniversary of the person’s death, or their birthday, or any other significant date.

The inscriptions are prepared by professional calligraphers. A variety of emblem options are also available, ranging from flora and fauna designs to emblems of societies and organisations, regimental badges, crests and illuminated letters. It is also possible to provide your own artwork.

      Online Book of Remembrance:

     The Book of Remembrance pages for today’s date are available on this website:

     Today's Book of Remembrance at Karrakatta

     Today's Book of Remembrance at Pinnaroo

Book of Remembrance page









Infants' Butterfly Garden

Unique to Karrakatta Cemetery is the Infants' Butterfly Garden an enchanting memorial garden designed to commemorate the lives of children up to the age of 6. Click here to view the price list for this memorial garden.

Butterfly memorial Infants' Butterfly Garden Karrakatta Cemetery















There are many more memorial options to consider. The options cater for a wide range of preferences and budgets.  The entire range of memorials at Karrakatta are explained within the information guide, Memorials - Celebrating Lived Lived.

Memorials selection appointments are complimentary and involve a short visit to the cemetery grounds with one of our staff members who will assist in locating a preferred memorial and will then guide you through finalising the inscription (i.e. wording) for the plaque. Prior to the appointment, many families have found visiting the cemetery or memorial park and having a wander through the grounds to be beneficial, as is having read the Memorials - Celebrating Lived Lived selection guide. By doing this you will be able to advise our staff of your preferences. Please contact our offices to arrange a time for a selection appointment. We recommend allowing approximately one hour for your appointment. Most families prefer to send several family members to their selection appointment and we welcome this.


Please contact Client Services on 1300 793 109 for more information, to make an appointment, or if you prefer to have any of these publications mailed to you.