Cemeteries and memorials

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East Rockingham Pioneer Cemetery

East Rockingham Cemetery was established in 1866 and the first interment was of Joseph Broughton, on 13 October 1867.  The exact location of his plot is not known, however a plaque to commemorate his interment has been placed on the front stone wall of the cemetery in the Anglican A section.

For the following 60 years, East Rockingham settlers were buried in the cemetery without any records being kept.  In 1929, the Roads Board realised the scope of the problem and with the assistance of the Karrakatta Cemetery Board, long time local resident John Bell was called upon to assist with the recording of names and locations of persons buried in the cemetery.

Still, a burial register was not started until 1937 and many earlier interments that are not marked with a headstone, are unknown.

In 1993, the cemetery was enlarged and the new area was laid out as lawn sections. Also in 1993, the first niche wall, made of granite, was built and a further four brick niche walls have been constructed since this time.

In 2007 the name of this cemetery was officially altered to include the word “Pioneer” to better reflect the historical significance of the cemetery to the Rockingham region. On 1 November 2007 an agreement was made with the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board for the undertaking of burials and placing of ashes at East Rockingham Pioneer Cemetery.

On 30 June 2009 the cemetery was officially closed to the issue of new grants of burial, however existing grants may continue to be honoured in accordance with the East Rockingham Pioneer Cemetery Burial Policy, a copy of which may be viewed at Council Policies January 2010.

All enquiries in relation to burials or the placing of ashes should now be directed to the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board or by calling 1300 793 109. However, horticultural and maintenance issues are still the responsibility of the City of Rockingham.

A plan of the cemetery providing a location guide of all sections within the cemetery can be downloaded at East Rockingham Pioneer Cemetery Layout.

The Cemetery Database is an interactive database of all known interments and ashes placements, including the persons name, plot location, date of death and date of interment (if known).

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the City on 9528 0333 or by email at customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

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Rockingham Regional Memorial Park

To serve the community, the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board has established a new facility, Rockingham Regional Memorial Park, in Baldivis Road, Baldivis, close to the Kwinana Freeway exit at Mundijong/Kulija Road.

This new facility is designed to provide a regional facility for generations to come. All enquiries in relation to burials or the placing of ashes should be directed to the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board.

Waikiki Memorial Wall

The Waikiki Memorial Wall was originally designed as a feature wall with the placing of memorial plaques suggested by a resident. Since this time it has proven to be very successful and well received by residents.

The wall is located at Waikiki Foreshore just a few metres south of the Safety Bay Road and Malibu Road intersection. It had rapidly filled up since its inception with the last space on the wall being reserved in 2005. Therefore no further space was available on this wall apart from the reserved plaque locations.

As part of the redevelopment of the Waikiki Foreshore and due to erosion and the current wall's instability, the Memorial Wall has been replaced with a new wall in the same vicinity.

The reverse side of the Waikiki Memorial Wall is now being used as an additional area for the installation of memorial plaques. Please complete a Memorial Plaque Waikiki Wall application form and then forward to the City.

The City has in place policies to govern the placing of memorial plaques. Information on the placement of plaques and can be found below.

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Rockingham Memorial Wall

The City advises that the Rockingham Foreshore precinct is about to undergo a revitalisation and as such is not accepting any requests for the Rockingham memorial wall or memorial seats along the Rockingham Foreshore. For further enquiries, please contact Engineering Services on 9528 0333. 

Roadside memorials

It is an unfortunate occurrence that loved ones are lost to traffic accidents within the City. Council has a policy in place to allow the placing of Roadside Memorials following the loss of family or friend.

If you wish to place a roadside tribute to a lost loved one, please download the following files:

Title Type Size and format
Policy for placing roadside memorials Policy PDF 695 kb
Application for placing a roadside memorial plaque Form PDF 517 kb
Policy for placing memorial plaques Policy PDF 432 kb

If you would prefer to speak to someone, or for further information on memorials please phone
(08)9528 0333.

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