Cemeteries

Council's Cemeteries 

Maitland City Council acts as a cemetery authority in accordance with the NSW Public Health Regulation 2012. In this capacity Council has a number of public cemeteries under its care and control. These are: 

Operational Cemeteries

Historical Cemeteries

These cemeteries are operational for existing reservations only. Numerous historic cemeteries can be found within the Maitland Local Government Area, many of which are identified sites of heritage significance. Glebe Cemetery is one of the area's earliest cemeteries.

Private Cemeteries

There are also a number of private cemeteries in and around the Maitland area including;

  • Newcastle Memorial Parl & Crematorium
  • Bishops Bridge Cemetery
  • East Maitland Roman Catholic Church Trustees
  • Lochinvar - Church of England & Roman Catholic Cemeteries

Cemetery Strategy 

Maitland City Council adopted a Cemetery Strategy at the Council meeting held 14 May 2013. 

The purpose of the Maitland City Council Cemetery Strategy is to examine the current operation of Council cemeteries and outline recommendations for the future provision of efficient and effective cemetery services in the Maitland Local Government Area.

Maitland City Council - Cemetery Strategy - Adopted 14 May 2013  

History

Council’s Burial records were those received when taking over the management of the cemeteries in the 1970s. Control of public cemeteries was altered by the Local Government Amendment Act No. 52 (Control of Cemeteries) which appointed Councils throughout New South Wales as Trustees of public cemeteries in their area.

Up to this time, local parishes/church trustees conducted burials. Council requested all records from churches, funeral directors, and gravediggers, however not all were received. Please note that all Council’s cemeteries have “unknown” and “unmarked’ graves. Burial records prior to the 1970s are incomplete making it difficult in some cases to be sure where a person has been interred. Please refer to Council's Burial Register for further information.

Family History Enquiries

The Maitland & District Genealogical Society is available to provide assistance with Family History searches. The group operate from Mounted Police Barracks (17 Lindesay Street East Maitland). They are open every Wednesday and Saturday between 9.30am - 3.00pm and the first Sunday of every month between 10:00am - 4:00pm . You can contact the group in the following ways;

Contact Details:

Contact Phone: 02 4905 1878





Address: PO Box 247 Maitland NSW 2320



Email: mdgs01@tpg.com.au



Web: Website  

 



Photo: Aerial view of East Maitland Cemetery 



Common Cemetery Forms

Burials:

An Application for Burial Form is an application for a burial plot within Council's cemetery.  



An Application for Reservation of Burial Plot is completed by someone looking to reserve a burial plot for themselves or other family members. Refer to Council for more information about single and double depth plots.



An Application for Internment of Ashes in an Existing Grave is an application for the internment of ashes into an existing burial plot within Council's cemeteries.  



An Application for Internment of Ashes in a Niche is an application for the internment of ashes into a niche in the columbarium wall at Morpeth.

Application for Licence to Work in Council Cemeteries must be submitted to Council by any person or organisation before conducting works in Council Cemeteries.  

Monumental Work:

An Application for Erection of Monumental Work is an application for the erection of monumental work including headstones within Council's cemeteries.

An Application for Monument Restoration is an application for the restoration of headstone and other monument works within Council's cemeteries.





Photo: View of graves within East Maitland Cemetery



Cemetery Service Providers

Any works to be undertaken in Council Cemeteries needs to be carried out by an approved service provider.

Below is a listing of cemetery service providers that currently operate within the Maitland local government area's cemeteries. Maitland City Council does not endorse any service provider. This listing should be considered for customer information purposes only.

Name

Address

Suburb

Contact

Funeral Directors

 

 

 

Bakers Funerals

France Family Funerals

209 Maitland Road

Mayfield

49682180

Beresfield Crematorium Services

 

Beresfield

49641578

Luke Apthorpe & Family

51 Vincent Street

Cessnock

49915556

Fry Bros Funerals

48 Banks Street

East Maitland

49336155

Pettigrew Family Funerals

3 Harris Street

Wallsend

49511166

James Murray Funeral Directors

27 Belford Street

Broadmeadow

49611435

White Lady Funerals

80 Maitland Road

Mayfield

49689401

David Lloyd Funerals

 

Beresfield

49665277

Dailey Family Funerals

122 Elder Street

Lambton

49564221

Peter Fry Funerals

200 – 202 High Street

Maitland

49301441

Smyth Funeral Services

216 Wollombi Road

Cessnock

49901425

Meighans Funerals

128 Lambton Road

Broadmeadow

49523099

Monumental Masons

 

 

 

S R Horder & Son Pty Ltd

2 Green Street

Telarah

49328249

R F Gaites – Mediterranean Stone

26 Groves Road

Bennetts Green

49438471

Monumental & Stone – Luke Apthorpe

182/184 Barton Street

Kurri Kurri

49375348

Stonecraft Stonemakers

 Unit 7 321 New England Highway 

 Rutherford

49321256 

Edstein Creative Stone

47/49 Wallsend Road

Sandgate

49683600

 



Photo: view of East Maitland Cemetery



Useful Links

  • Australian Cemeteries Index -  this index provides a searchable data base for all cemetery inscriptions that have been recorded by the authors. It is intended to be a useful tool for those researching their family history. The index contains details of headstones from a number of cemeteries in Australia including photographs. It does contain some cemeteries within the Maitland area.

  • Maitland & District Genealogical Society - this site is particularly useful for family history requests. The Circle has extensively photographed over 13,000 headstones within the cemeteries in and around the Maitland area and can provide a headstone photograph with inscription for a small fee. 



  • Australian Cemeteries - an Australian Family History dedicated website. 



  • National Archives of Australia - Family History - a webpage of the ACT based National Archives of Australia (NAA) website dedicated to Family History searches.



  • Australasian Association of Geneologists & Record Agents Inc - the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents (AAGRA) was founded in 1977. It aims to offer the services of reliable and competent genealogists and record agents to those wanting professional Family History and genealogy services and general record searching. 



  • NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages - this government department registers New South Wales life events accurately and securely for all time, ensuring their integrity and confidentiality. This includes the registration of births, deaths and marriages and official changes of name and sex.



  • National Trust of Australia - Cemeteries - discover vital heritage related information relating to the management of cemeteries in Australia.