This web-site represents the thesis component of a Graduate Diploma in Applied Cultural
Heritage Studies at Curtin University
in Western Australia. The normal course requirement was a major written work, but in this case,
I was permitted to explore the relatively new options provided by the internet and the world
The initial aim was to create a virtual heritage trail around the East Perth Cemeteries and
as you will find, that component has been given much attention, but as the project progressed,
it became increasingly obvious that a supporting series of pages would be advantageous, if not
The target audience for this project was identified as ranging from primary and secondary
school students through to family historians, heritage professionals and local historians. With
that wide range of visitors in mind, the site was designed to provide various levels of
information and at the same time, to give an attractive and interesting way of presenting that
To meet the requirements of my Diploma, traditional elements such as a bibliography and
referencing still had to be provided and a great deal of original research had to be undertaken.
One of the big advantages of this presentation is that it has been made available to the
general public, both at home and abroad, at minimal cost. The alternative would have been for it
gather dust on a lecturer's bookshelf.
Since my special interest is family and local history, I have designed this series of web pages to start off the cemetery arm of the
Perth DPS web pages. It is a well established
genealogical web-site and is well known around the world. These cemetery pages should not only complement the information that is already on the DPS
site, but should attract more visitors than they would if they were to stand
Special thanks must be given to Joan O'Donovan in Sydney who has provided technical assistance with this
project when asked and her co-operation is one more testimony to the way the
internet has made our world that much smaller.