The spotlight shows the latest obituary or in memoriam notices that have published in The West Australian and have an image of the deceased.
If you are trying to locate a specific person, you can search their name in the Search bar. This will bring up a list of obituaries containing that name.
Click on a name to see the full obituary and any supporting guest book notices.
If there has been a Funeral Notice published, you can see that to the right of their obituary notice. To view the full Funeral Notice, click on View Funeral Notice.
You can also locate a name through obituaries published Today, Last 7 days and Last Month. To view more obituaries, click on Expand All Notices to view a full list.
To sign a Guest book, first locate the obituary. Four days after the notice first appears online, the Guest book will be available to add a message.
Scroll down to the bottom of the first obituary and you can enter your message, including your signoff. You will need to enter your name and email address (email address will not be published) You must click Sign Guest book to complete your entry.
Please Note: Your notice will not appear online immediately, it will be reviewed for appropriate content during business hours and will be published once moderated.
If you would like you message to appear earlier, you can go to https://placeanad.thewest.com.au to place your notice in The West Australian. Alternatively you can call 13 22 80 to speak to one of our friendly operators.
All Guest book entries are monitored by our staff for appropriate content before appearing online. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.
If you don’t see your entry after 2 business days and you believe it meets our guidelines, you can contact us with your name, the full name of the deceased and the date of your entry and we would be happy to investigate further.
Keeping a Guest book online is a wonderful way to allow family and friends to express their sympathy and share fond memories of your loved ones. Even if you are not a family member, you may consider keeping this guest book open as a special gift to the family.
Once a Guest Book has archived (after 30 days), when you view the Guest Book it will offer 3 options for extending the Book online. You can choose from:
Online permanently: $99
Online for 1 year: $59 and
Re-open the book for 1 day: $4.95
You can see how many messages are in a Guest Book at the top before deciding how long you would like to keep the Guest Book online for.
To restore a Guest book that has been archived, you will need to search for the deceased name and locate the obituary first. Once you have located it you can opt to restore it for 24 hours, 12 months or permanently.
Once a Guest book expires, we can still restore it for you. We retain all the Guest book entries that have appeared online.
If you are interested in this option, you can contact us on 9482 9191
We are unable to give out the names of people who have published obituaries due to privacy, however you are welcome to give us your contact details and we will pass them onto the person who placed the obituary notice. You can contact us here.
Many archived obituaries are able to be restored. You can search the www.westannouncements.com.au page for the obituary you are looking for. This will bring up a portion of the main notice of the deceased.
To find all the obituary and Guest book notices for this person, you can choose to restore the guest book and have the option of 12 months or permanently.
If you are searching for an obituary printed prior to 2011, you may be able to find these at the archives at your State Library.
You can place your notice in 3 ways:
Email: Send your notice content, any pictures and your contact details (including name, address and best contact phone number) to [email protected]. Our team will format the notice for you and contact you for payment prior to appearing in The West Australian.
All obituaries that print in The West Australian will appear on www.westannouncements.com.au unless requested otherwise.
All obituaries must be received by 4pm day prior to printing.