Bon Scott plaque theft rumours squashed

Bon Scott's plaque at Fremantle Cemetery has been sent away to be cleaned.
Bon Scott's plaque at Fremantle Cemetery has been sent away to be cleaned.

AC/DC fans can breathe a sigh of relief with confirmation that Bon Scott’s plaque has not been stolen from Fremantle Cemetery, despite it being absent from its regular resting place.

Rumours about the legendary frontman’s plaque being stolen had been circulated online and on the radio but a Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (MCB) spokeswoman confirmed it had only been removed temporarily for cleaning.

She said the plaque had been sent away to an eastern states factory for refurbishment at the request of Scott’s family, ahead of the Perth Festival Highway to Hell event that is expected to draw thousands of rock fans to Canning Highway and perhaps the gravesite on Sunday, March 1.

‘We are expecting, but not guaranteeing as it’s not up to us, that the plaque will be reinstalled by the end of January.”

β€œIn spite of multiple replies by the MCB to visits, emails and phone calls, people still seem to believe that the plaque has been stolen.”

The spokeswoman urged people not to contribute to a Go Fund Me page set up in response to the rumours.

Scott helped propel AC/DC to international fame before his death on February 19, 1980 and his ashes were interred at Fremantle Cemetery.

He grew up in Fremantle and his legacy will be recognised during Highway to Hell on March 1, which will see Canning Highway closed down for Perth Festival’s centrepiece finale.