John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Fremantle Mausoleum officially opened

    12/10/2005 12:00 AM

    The stunning new $7million mausoleum constructed at Fremantle Cemetery will provide a sacred place for families to honour the deceased through the ancient tradition of above-ground entombment.

    The fourth to be built in Western Australia, the Fremantle Mausoleum was officially opened today by Local Government and Regional Development Minister John Bowler.

    The new facility provides 1,032 crypts throughout three distinctly different crypt areas, each with their own special character - the chapel areas, the terraces, and the garden crypts. A range of family crypts has also been incorporated into the building.

    “The new mausoleum is a superb example of the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board’s commitment to providing facilities that meet the demands of our diverse community,” Mr Bowler said.

    An architectural achievement, the distinctive features of the building are discernible from a distance with the expansive dome and pyramid roof structures evoking the style of ancient mausoleum structures. These are complemented by a unique meld of classical and modern features that have created a building of timeless design and longevity.

    Metropolitan Cemeteries Board chairman Ross Bowe said the demand for mausoleum facilities in WA continued to grow.

    “Since the board first opened the Karrakatta Mausoleum in 1995, we have witnessed a steady demand, particularly from the Italian community, for facilities across the metropolitan area,” Mr Bowe said.

    “The opening of the magnificent Fremantle Mausoleum ensures that the demand for above-ground entombment in the southern metropolitan corridor can be met.”

    Crypts at the new mausoleum can be pre-purchased and detailed information can be found on the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board’s website at or by contacting the Fremantle Cemetery on 9319 0400.

    Minister's office: 9213 6500