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Fremantle Cemetery

Fremantle Cemetery is not in Fremantle, but in the suburb of Palmyra in the southeastern corner of the City of Melville local government area. It was established in 1898, superseding the Skinner Street Cemetery (and the Alma Street Cemetery before that): the main entrance is on Carrington Street, near the corner of Leach Highway.

I have documented all of the gravestones on the Heritage Trail, and made a suggestion for a History Walk. I have also photographed all the graves in the Jewish section.

The first burial in the cemetery was that of George Davies, 2 July 1899, @ Congregational D 38. (Liveris 2009: 15) (This is not the George Davies who was exhumed from Skinner Street Cemetery by his grandson and reinterred in the Anglican section of the Fremantle Cemetery in same year, 1899.)

Don Whittington conducted a tour of some monuments of interest Saturday 28 May during the 2016 Fremantle Heritage Festival, with some mention of the historical connexion with Rottnest. Photos of the 2014 tour are here. Don led another such 27 May 2017, with a maritime theme. Representations of C.Y O'Connor and Tom Edwards were provided for the occasion by actor James Hagan. Another tour in May 2018 had as its theme the 'merchants princes' of Fremantle. There were two such tours also in 2019.

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Donald Whittington in 2016 with tourists at the grave of Moondyne Joe

tour2019References and Links

2019 cemetery tours >
Cast in Stone
Grave Experiences

MCB virtual Heritage Walk Trail of Fremantle Cemetery, and map

Heritage Week tour 2014

Heritage Week tour 2018

Jewish section

Errington, Steve 2017, 'Fremantle 1829-1832: an illustrated history', Fremantle Studies, 9: 15-29 (re the Market St burial ground).

Liveris, Leonie B. 1991, Dismal Trader: The Undertaker Business in Perth 1860-1939, privately published.

Liveris, Leonie B. 2009, Monuments and Masons: Cemeteries at Karrakatta Fremantle Guildford Midland, MCB.

Brake, Anne 2003, 'Fremantle Cemeteries Heritage Walk', FHS Newsletter, winter: 5-6.

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