Cherie Strickland and Lorraine Clarke with the help of funding from the Friends of Battye Library Inc. are collating a database of numerous datasets and will carry out further research into other documents and family histories to enable the most comprehensive biographical database on the inhabitants of Cemetery Hill, Perth.
In partnership with the National Trust (WA), the Friends of Battye Library aim to make this research available freely online. This database would be fully sourced and would acknowledge all previous researchers who contributed to the end result.
The site for a burial ground was surveyed at East Perth in late 1829, and the first acknowledged burial was John Mitchell on 6 January 1830. The cemeteries within the grounds continued to be the main burial ground for the Perth area until April 1899 when burials commenced at Karrakatta Cemetery.
The East Perth Cemeteries burial ground were closed for new burials in 1899, except for those in vaults or with the approval of the Governor. Burials at East Perth continued until 1916 when this practiced was ceased with a handful of exceptions.
It is widely acknowledged that there are over 10,000 burials within the grounds of the East Perth Cemeteries; approximately 3500 of these burials are recorded. There was no burial register kept by either the Church Wardens or the caretakers of the Cemeteries. This led to researchers have spending many hours compiling various histories and datasets on the East Perth Cemeteries and these have been produced in various formats.
We would like to thank National Trust, Royal West Australian Historical Society, West Australian Genealogical Society, Graham Bown, Ron Bodycoat, Father Edward Doncaster, Gillian O’Mara and Anglican Archives for their support in this endeavour.
Cherie and Lorraine are keen to hear from members who may have ancestors buried in the East Perth Cemeteries; if you have a photo of a headstone or any other document that places you family at East Perth, please contact them at email@example.com or 93438838.
If you are interested in researching your family history in Western Australia there are some great websites where you can find information about the locations of your deceased ancestors.
Moya Sharp in Kalgoorlie has a website with links to 95 regional towns, most with links to cemeteries, online at ‘And All So Far From Home…’
Oz GenOnline has links to Western Australian cemetery databases online.
Paul Blair has created a page on Google Earth showing the locations of cemeteries in W.A. If you have the programme Google Earth, try Australian Cemetery Geolocations and click on the map links to find where Balgo or Yerilla cemetaries are, amongst others. QR codes have been added. Each burial site has a quick response code that you can ‘photograph’ with your smart device (phone, iPad etc) and, with the right app installed, get a location map. There’s a brief intro above the table, and the QR codes are reached by clicking ‘QR’ against any site.
These are just a few of the links to online databases available. Happy fossicking!!
Image 085077PD: Erikson Family, 1969, Cossack