This website is the culmination of over 50 years of collective effort by a legion of committed volunteers and professional researchers. The National Trust of Australia (WA) in partnership with the Friends of Battye Library Inc. have brought together this work, and with the support of Lotterywest made it accessible to the public.

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.

Lorraine Clarke and Cherie Strickland from Swan GenealogyThe 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. There was no burial register kept by either the Church Wardens or the caretakers of the Cemeteries. This led to researchers having to spend many hours compiling various histories and datasets on the East Perth Cemeteries and these have been produced in various formats.

Lorraine Clarke and Cherie Strickland as members of and in conjunction with the Friends of Battye Library Inc., collated a single database of the numerous existing datasets, once these datasets were combined and differences highlighted, they were then checked against the original source data, these discrepancies were then corrected or comments placed within the database to notate these variations.

Research was then undertaken using TROVE newspapers, State Records Office governmental records, State Library of Western Australia Private Archives, Royal Perth Hospital Admissions Registers to enable the most comprehensive biographical database on the inhabitants of Cemetery Hill. This database is fully sourced and acknowledges previous researchers who contributed to the end result.


Source Data

Chippers Funderal Directors
Forms for instructions for burials 1896-1924.

Colin Caughey Collection
Collection of family histories and death certificates donated to him and compiled whilst a volunteer guide at the East Perth Cemeteries.

Don Cohen
Jewish Burials in Western Australia.

Family Historians
Members of the Public who kindly donated their family histories they had compiled on Ancestors who are buried at the East Perth Cemeteries>

Father Edward Doncaster
Memorial Inscriptions compiled as Archivist of Church of England Western Australia.

Graham Bown
Many Databases compiled as an Historian.

Joy Reindl Collection
Collection of Burials compiled by Joy Reindl whilst a volunteer guide at the East Perth Cemeteries

National Library of Australia
Trove Digitised Newspapers 1803-1995.

National Trust of Australia (WA)
Collection of information on individual monuments and memorial inscriptions collated by East Perth Cemeteries volunteers since 1976.

Ron Bodycoat Heritage Architect
Collection of materials compiled by Ron Bodycoat in his role as a Heritage advisor.

Royal Perth Hospital Museum
Colonial Hospital Admission Register 1876-1920

Royal Western Australian Historical Society
Mrs Ray Oldham Collection
Archived Photographs of Headstones
East Perth Cemetery: Resting place of Western Australian Pioneers 3 Volumes by Richardson and Davies
Family Histories
Citations from the Annual Pioneer Memorial Service celebrated on the Sunday of the Western Australia (Foundation) Day long weekend

State Library of Western Australia
282.9411 WES - The West Australian Catholic Record
355.31 BRO – The Veterans: A history of the Enrolled Pensioner Force in Western Australia 1850-1880
365.7 WES – Annual Reports on the Convict Establishments at Western Australia and Tasmania
360 POL – The Police Gazettes of Western Australia
Acc 2467A – St George’s Cathedral (Perth) – Anglican Church of Australia
Acc 2992A – Congregational Church Union of Western Australia
Acc 6809A – Western Australian Records
AJCP CO18/10 – Register No 26 Early Deaths and Burials in Western Australia
PR2640 – Henderson and Doncaster Indexes, Records of deaths and tombstone inscriptions
Q929.5 RIC East Perth Cemetery: Resting place of Western Australian Pioneers 3 Volumes by Richardson and Davies, including Wesleyan Burials 1862-1885.

State Records Office
Acc 1156 - Convict Establishment Records
Acc 1156 V24 – Miscellaneous 1882 – 1897 Deaths Registered 1895 - 1900
Acc 1157 – Lists of Persons Naturalised previous to 1871
Acc 2799 – Colonial Surgeon Register of Deaths 1875-1884
Acc 3436 – Grants of Probate
Acc 36 – Colonial Secretary’s Office Correspondence Inwards 1828-1878
Acc 703 - Registrar General’s Office Births, Deaths and Marriages 1829-1841
Cons 430 – Western Australian Police Department General Files
Cons 527 – Colonial Secretary’s Office post 1883 Correspondence files
Cons 541 item 1900/11897 V2 – Burials in East Perth Cemetery
Cons 3403 – Grants of Probate
Cons 3431 – Bankruptcy Records
Cons 3458 – Applications for Grants of Letters of Administration

Uniting Church Archives
Map of Wesleyan Cemetery at East Perth

Western Australian Genealogical Society
Inquests derived from the Police Gazettes
Memorial Inscriptions
Registrar Generals Office Index 1896-1916
Databases of information obtained from State Library sources including:-
State Library of Western Australia - Acc 2467A/8, Acc 2467A/9, Acc 2467A/10,
Acc 2467A/11, Acc 2467A/44


Chipper Funeral Directors
Donald John Chipper established this business in Perth in 1889, and continues today. Their burial forms are the earliest known surviving funeral records for Perth copies of these can be found through the Church of Latter Day Saints or through Chippers direct.
103 Norma Road, Myaree Western Australia 6154.

Father Edward Doncaster
Father Ted has a keen interest in Western Australia's past and as one early example of his skill in researching and analysing information, in 1951 he compiled a detailed index to names on more than 1,000 graves in the Anglican portion of the East Perth cemetery. For almost sixty years Father Ted has researched and written on the histories of many of Western Australia's Anglican parishes, biographies of key figures in the Anglican Church as well as many other related topics. At last count the State Library of Western Australia holds 32 published and unpublished works written from 1950 to 2008.

Graham Bown
Graham is the immediate past president of the Western Australian Genealogical Society. His membership extends for over 30 years and he has been actively involved in the Society's Special Interest Group Swan River Pioneers 1828-1839. As research officer for this group he has transcribed and indexed many documents relating to the early years of the Colony. He is also a committee member of the Friends of Battye Library.

Joy Reindl
Joy was a member of the Friends of East Perth Cemeteries in the 1990's and during this time produced a comprehensive set of records on the burials in the cemeteries. She kindly donated these records for use in this project.

National Trust of Australia (WA)

The National Trust has been the custodian of East Perth Cemeteries on behalf of the community and government of Western Australia since 1976. The collection of information and support with the management of the Cemeteries  has been with the support of the following volunteers - Mary  Andrews, Brian Anderson, Ron  Barratt, Mavis Bailey, Shirley Babis, Kylie Bacon, Jan  Barker, Pat Bentley, John Bissett, Ronice Blair, John Breedveld, Ross Callaway, Pat Campbell, Francis Carson, Helen Carter, Colin Caughey, Jenny  Cocks, Phil Cooper, Robin Creswell, Don Cruden, Carolyn Denham-Shade, Graeme Gerrans, Ros Golding,Murray Hewett, Val Hilton, Val Hogan, John James, Thelma Jones, Pat Keillor, Heather Leaney, Barbara Lee, Jeannie Lofts, Rhonda Meloncelli, Flora Mcdonald, Wendy Mcdonnell, Sheryl Milentis, Barbara Miller, Pauline Miller, Lyall Page, Lynda Pettit, Edna Pritchard, Joy Reindl, Phil Rennie, Bev Roseveare, Carol Sharp, Pat Spirek, Beryl Stuart, Eric Stuart, Gillian Stephens and Shirley Yates.


Special thanks to Jennifer Muir, Sandra Stock, Brian Anderson, Colin Caughey, Jan Barker, Val Hogan and Shirley Babis.

The Old Observatory
PO Box 1162
West Perth 6872
Phone: (08) 9321 6088
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Royal Perth Hospital Museum
Royal Perth Hospital museum was formerly established in 1989 for the preservation and display of items associated with the hospital’s historic past. The museum houses a variety of medical instruments, equipment, historical archives and photographs. These historic items are available for research to the public and general interest. Selected items are displayed in the Victoria Square entrances, to encourage public interest, communication and education. The museum staff continue to collect the hospital’s vast social and medical history, particularly as new medical innovations occur and old equipment is decommissioned.

M Block Level 2
Murray Street Perth 6001
Phone: 9224 3433
Office Hours: Monday –Thursday 9am – 2pm
Open: Wednesday and Thursday 9am – 2pm


Ron Bodycoat Heritage Architect
Specialist in conservation works, adaptation, heritage assessments, conservation plans and expert opinions.
Suite 17, 10 Johnston Street Cottesloe WA 6011
Phone: (08) 9384 6166
Fax: (08) 9385 2341
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Royal Western Australian Historical Society
The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc) was formed in 1926 to give present and future generations' access to the history of Western Australia. In just over 80 years the Society has grown from a small group of people interested in preserving the history of Western Australia to one with a royal charter, the home of a fascinating museum with a unique art collection, an extensive reference library, a boutique bookshop and a photographic collection. Their Mission is to: foster interest in and enjoyment of Western Australian history, foster and promote research, writing and publication about all aspects of Western Australian history, recognise outstanding achievement in Western Australian historical research, education and publication, be recognised as a leader in the promotion of the history of Western Australia, cooperate with all others in the field in the study and promotion of the history of Western Australia, be a recognised resource for Western Australian history to complement State collections, be recognised as an advocate in the conservation and promotion of the State's cultural heritage encourage and support local affiliated societies throughout the State.

Stirling House
49 Broadway, Nedlands WA 6009
Phone 08 9386 3841
Fax 08 9386 3309
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Opening times 9.30am to 5pm weekdays

State Library of Western Australia
The State Library of Western Australia is a research, reference and public lending library. It is a portfolio agency of the Western Australia Department of Culture and the Arts, and controlled by the Library Board of Western Australia.
The State Library has particular responsibility for collecting and preserving Western Australia's documentary heritage. The J. S. Battye Library of West Australian History is the section of the library dedicated to West Australiana.

Alexander Library Building
James Street West Entrance
Perth Cultural Centre
Perth WA 6000
Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday - Sunday 10.00am - 5.30pm
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State Records Office
The State Records Office of Western Australia is the Western Australian public records authority with responsibility for managing, preserving and providing access to the State's records. The State Records Office operates as an independent Government agency within the Department of Culture and the Arts. The State Records Office of Western Australia is responsible for: - providing records management and archival services to government agencies; preserving archival records; providing reference services for researchers. The State Records Office delivers records management and archival services to State and Local Government agencies and the general public. Training, consultancy advice and standards development are provided to improve the quality of records management practices throughout government. Policies, guidelines and instructional publications are produced to promote and implement a government-wide approach to best practice recordkeeping in the two jurisdictions. Furthermore, the State Records Office ensures that the public have access to State archives through the provision of a purpose built Search Room in the Alexander Library Building.

Ground Floor
Alexander Library Building
James Street West Entrance
Perth Cultural Centre
Perth WA 6000
Opening Hours Mon - Fri: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Phone: (08) 9427 3600
Fax: (08) 9427 3638
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Swan Genealogy
Lorraine Clarke and Cherie Strickland have for the past thirty years (cumulative) been involved in researching and compiling family histories, this led to the beginning of Swan Genealogy in 2005.

 Cherie was previously the WAGS Bookshop Officer, Projects Officer and Vice President; Lorraine was previously the WAGS Treasurer, Awards Officer and Vice President and currently Convenor of the Western Australian Special Interest Group (WAGS). As Swan Genealogy, they have researched for Jacqueline O’Brien and Pamela Statham-Drew on both The Wittenoom Way and Court on Camera, Gwambygine heritage homestead, Shenton Family for June Shenton-Turner, Clarence Enigma for Ruth Marchant James and Pamela Statham-Drew. A number of Heritage buildings for Ron Bodycoat Heritage Architect. They have produced for and on behalf of WAGS 12 CD's on various early pioneer databases.

PO Box 102
West Perth, WA 6872
Phone: (08) 92060960  
Mobile: 0409680207
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Uniting Church Archives
The Uniting Church Archives is responsible for the collection and preservation of historical records from the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, and from the Uniting Church. These records are made available to the public, both at the Archives office and at the Battye Library, so that the people may understand the importance of the role of the Church, in its own right and in the context of Western Australian history. Archives are run by a dedicated team of volunteers co-ordinated by Sheena Hesse, Archivist.

91 Edward Street, Perth WA 6000
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Opening Hours: Monday and Friday. 10.00am – 3.00pm.
Please phone ahead.
Phone: (08) 9227 6427 Fax: (08) 9227 6416

Western Australian Genealogical Society
The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS) is the largest society of its type in Western Australia. They have been incorporated to assist members in researching the family history in Western Australia, as well as all corners of the world. The Society was formed on the 1st January 1979 with the aim to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy. Their main objective encompasses many other secondary objectives, such as transcribing and indexing records, and provides a forum for people with a common interest in family history. They have a large family history lending Library which enables members to borrow books on their areas of interest and or research. Their Library enables members and visitors to conduct their own research using the facilities, which include; Books, CD-ROM's microfiche, microfilm, and connections to the Internet. They also conduct Education Courses, seminars, lectures and workshops of on a wide range of topics, to assist members in learning more about their areas of interest. We utilise the expertise of local, interstate and international speakers. Their Special Interest Groups have members who specialise in particular areas of interest, assist each other, and are there to help other members in overcoming difficulties that arise in research.

6/48 May Street
Phone: (08) 9271 4311 
Fax: (08) 9379 1572
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