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 plaques Karrakatta Cemetery
display niche white tulip

Sample Memorials


At Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park you will find a range of memorials in a contemporary Australian cemetery setting which features mostly native plant species.  Memorial options include:


The Tree of Life

Hand carved from Donnybrook stone, the Tree of Life supports a number of bronze leaves each of which provides a heartfelt way in which to commemorate a loved one.

Tree of Life memorial at Pinnaroo

Memorial Gardens

Memorial gardens are located throughout Pinnaroo. In keeping with the natural bushland theme of the park, all gardens feature native and bushland style plantings.

Memorial Gardens at Pinnaroo Valley











Family Trees

A native tree creates a unique living memorial for an individual or a group of up to four. In keeping with the environment, trees are selected from native species ranging from Grass Trees to large Tuart or Jarrah Trees.

Family Tree memorials at Pinnaroo Valley













Vista Memorials

Vista Memorials at Pinnaroo are offered on bridges located throughout the park and on the Sir Thomas Meagher Lake Boardwalk. They offer a larger plaque size and the serene backdrop of flowing water.

Vista Memorial boardwalk at Pinnaroo Valley











There are many more memorial options to consider. The entire range of memorials available at Pinnaroo are available by downloading the Memorials - Celebrating Lives Lived selection guide.

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 Lives 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.


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.

Whilst artificial tributes do have an environmental impact and the placement of fresh tributes is preferred, the Board recognises that many families prefer artificial tributes and, as such, their placement is respected as being an integral part of the grieving process.

When placing new tributes, we would ask that plastic wrapping  be removed and withered/weathered tributes be placed within one of the rubbish bins located throughout the cemeteries. 

The Flower and Ornament Policy can be downloaded here. Alternatively, please contact Client Services on 1300 793 109 should you prefer to have a copy mailed to you.

For more information about the Flower and Ornament Policy Review, click here.