Pioneer Cemetery


City of Greater Geraldton

Place Number



Mullewa-Carnarvon Rd Mullewa

Location Details

Mullewa-Carnarvon Road (previously North Road)

Local Government

Greater Geraldton



Construction Date

Constructed from 1895

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List Adopted 15 Dec 2015

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - Does not warrant assessment Current 30 Nov 2018

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 24 Jun 2014 Category 2
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jul 1996

Statement of Significance

The Pioneer Cemetery has considerable local historic value as an important burial place in the district which was in use for nearly 60 years. The place is typical of small country cemeteries of this era. The cemetery has further historic significance for its association to Monsignor John Hawes, via the design of the small tomb for Selby Arnold.

Physical Description

Located approximately 2 kilometres to the north of Mullewa on the west side of the Mullewa-Camarvon Road, the Pioneer Cemetery consists of a large block of land surrounded by a perimeter fence. Accessed via a simple gravel track which loops around the western end of the cemetery, there are a range of different grave types including marble headstones - both simple and ornate, simple crosses, decorative iron grave surrounds as well as adapted metal cots, masonry grave plots as well as a small concrete tomb. There are also a number of raised earthen mounds indicating unmarked graves.


In the first years of settlement the town of Mullewa did not have an official graveyard. Burials were carried out on the hill overlooking the railway station and it is estimated that approximately 50 graves are located in this area. During work connected with the railway extensions, many of the graves were destroyed. Due to concerns about proximity of burials to the town well, a Cemetery Board was formed and a new cemetery was opened to the north of Mullewa on the North Road - officially gazetted in May 1895. By 1920, control of the cemetery had passed to the Mullewa Road Board. The North Road Cemetery was used until the 1950s, when it was considered unsuitable and a new one was established south west of Mullewa, on the Mingenew Road. The Pioneer Cemetery, which is included on the local heritage trail, includes the grave of Selby John Arnold, a young altar boy to Fr John Hawes who apparently died in tragic circumstances. Hawes designed and constructed the small tomb.


Original Fabric: Largely intact



Place Type

Other Built Type


Epoch General Specific
Original Use MONUMENT\CEMETERY Cemetery
Present Use VACANT\UNUSED Vacant\Unused

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Early settlers
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people

Creation Date

09 Dec 1996

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Last Update

18 Mar 2021


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