Japanese Cemetery, Broome

Cemetery · Tourist Spot
Discover Broome’s interesting history, based on the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry in the 1880s, by joining a guided tour of Japanese Cemetery. The riches taken from the sea did not come easily, and this historic cemetery is the resting place of more than 900 Japanese who lost their lives diving for the precious pearls. Many more were lost at sea, and the exact number of deaths is unknown. With its rows of simple headstones, the cemetery is a humble reminder of those intrepid immigrants who lived and died trying to conquer Australia’s seas. Arrange your visit to Japanese Cemetery and discover more family-friendly attractions in Broome using our Broome travel route planner.
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  • We went to both the Japanese and Chinese cemeteries and found them to be immaculately maintained but it was sad to see how young some of the pearl divers were when they lost their lives. A good...  more »
  • Luckily we had preread about this cemetery before visiting as there was little information in English to read. Tragic loss of so many young pearl divers due to diving sickness (the bends). Some...  more »
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  • Beautiful! Some graves dating back to 1914 from what I could understand and the biggest Japanese cemetery outside of Japan! Apparently.
  • Follow the tour guide from the dormitory walk, to this side! At first it was a little scary, but there was a house next to the residents living, look at everyone's natural look, also not afraid. There's a situation that's integrated into life, very special.
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