Capel Cemetery Register helps to detail South West history

A hard working group of volunteers have helped the Shire of Capel produce the first Capel Cemetery Register.
A hard working group of volunteers have helped the Shire of Capel produce the first Capel Cemetery Register.

After four months of hard work and research, a team of more than 30 community members have launched the first Capel Cemetery Register. 

Jacqui Graham has been the driver of the project after a community inquiry for cemetery records revealed there was minimal registered information available. 

Ms Graham said the group of volunteers involved in the project grew to 30 people, who had a range of interests and personal connections which helped reveal information at the cemetery. 

“This is a fantastic register for visitors and locals to have quick access to burial information on family, relatives and friends,” she said. 

“We hope that research into the site will continue beyond the register being created.” 

Some of the research revealed that pioneers and descendants of settlers from the Swan River Colony and Australind are interred at the site.

It is understood there are three convicts buried within the cemetery and the oldest reported inhabitant passed away aged 105.

The register is presented in a simple table format, listing the grave number, name, age of burial and location at the cemetery.

For more information about the records, contact the Shire of Capel on 9727 0222 or email localhistory@capel.wa.gov.au