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From: Mark Hattam <>
Subject: Re: [CON] KARRAKATTA CEMETERY - Disturbing news
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 16:50:01 +0000
I asked the MCB this question a few hours ago and got this response ...
Karrakatta cemetery has burial, cremation and entombment options available,
and cremation makes up about 75% of these.
We do have a Renewal Program which re-uses old sections of the cemetery
without disturbing remains, however head stones may be removed or re-located.
All affected sites have a complete photographic history, which allows us to
provide families with a photograph of the gravesite prior to the removal of
Client Services Consultant
Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
And in a previous email a few minutes before she'd given me the costs
for photographs of existing gravesites which would be taken after
receipt of payment ...
We can go to the site & take a digital or 35mm pic of the memorial or
headstone for you, prices are:
E-mail Digital photo = $20
Post Digital photo = $30
Post 35mm Photo = $40
This seems to me to be a very reasonable policy by the MCB.
At 5:00 pm +0800 13/1/02, Pat & Mike Mahoney wrote:
>An article appeared in the paper (the Sunday Times) today 13/1/02
>regarding the matter that hundreds of headstones have been removed
>at Karrakatta Cemetery without relatives knowledge.
>It is part of a project to create space for new graves - Karrakatta
>is almost at the end of its "use by date" and obviously the
>government intends to extend its life at the sacrifice of older
>graves and headstones.
>They advised that they advertised but when I contacted last year to
>see which areas were going to be affected I was not given the
>courtesy of a reply. Obviously, direct relatives of those in old
>graves will have also passed on by now so it is left to the
>descendants to ensure that they are not desecrated. I have some very
>old graves in the cemetery that are still in good condition and will
>be very angry if they have been removed to make way for new graves.
>On one hand they cemetery board is wonderful with its website and
>information and on the other is destroying our history.
>Unfortunately, I live 1,000 kms from Perth and cannot get there to
>investigate which areas are affected.
>Carnarvon West Australia