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Published May 7th 2013
Take a walk into history
The Fremantle Cemetery was established in 1899, a local landmark of historical significance, the cemetery has many historical gravesites and memorials. In 2003 the Cemetery completed a Historical Walking Trail that takes visitors on an interesting walk around the cemetery and past some of the most historical graves.
The Fremantle Cemetery is located at the Corner of Carrington Street and Leach Highway in Fremantle. The Fremantle Cemetery Historical Walking Trail is a free activity and takes in over ninety headstones and memorials.
Take a stroll through the cemetery and discover the final resting place of many prominent and notorious Western Australians. Follow the Heritage Trail and look for the earliest gravestones, some belonging to pioneers and settlers of the Swan River Colony.
Fremantle Cemetery Heritage Walking Trail
Visit the gravesites of the bushranger Moondyne Joe, engineer C.Y. O'Connor, serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke, goldminer Russian Jack, murderer Martha Rendell, AC/DC's lead singer Bon Scott and many more.
One of the most visited gravesites at the Fremantle Cemetery is the one belonging to Bon Scott. Fans of the rock singer, and the band AC/DC, make regular pilgrimages to visit the modest grave and pay their respects. The gravesite has become a cultural landmark and has been heritage listed by the National Trust.
The Fremantle Cemetery is a tranquil and picturesque place with many interesting monuments, water features, remembrance gardens, memorial walls, colonial gravestones and fascinating gravesites. As you wander around, stop and read the inscriptions or admire the headstones, some ornate and highly decorated and some just plain and simple. It really is a beautiful and peaceful place for a walk.
To take one of these walks simply download a free copy of the Fremantle Cemetery Historical Walking Trail brochure and start walking, following the pathway and the directions on the map. The brochure is full of interesting facts and information to guide you on your walk.
These self-guided Historical Walking Trail walks are free and take approximately forty five minutes to complete but you can take as long as you want - there is no time limit. After you finish the walking trail visit some of the other interesting graves in the cemetery.