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  


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


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 Interment of Ashes in Existing Grave is an application for the interment of ashes into an existing burial plot within Council's cemeteries.  

An Application to Reserve Niche or Inter Ashes in a Niche is an application to reserve a niche or inter ashes into a niche in the Columbarium wall at Morpeth.

Application for a 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 Monumental Work is an application for the erection of monumental work or restoration of monumental work including headstones 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.





Funeral Directors




Bakers Funerals

France Family Funerals

209 Maitland Road



Beresfield Crematorium Services




Luke Apthorpe & Family

51 Vincent Street



Fry Bros Funerals

48 Banks Street

East Maitland


Pettigrew Family Funerals

3 Harris Street



James Murray Funeral Directors

27 Belford Street



White Lady Funerals

80 Maitland Road



David Lloyd Funerals




Dailey Family Funerals

122 Elder Street



Peter Fry Funerals

200 – 202 High Street



Smyth Funeral Services

216 Wollombi Road



Meighans Funerals

128 Lambton Road



Monumental Masons




S R Horder & Son Pty Ltd

2 Green Street



R F Gaites – Mediterranean Stone

26 Groves Road

Bennetts Green


Monumental & Stone – Luke Apthorpe

182/184 Barton Street

Kurri Kurri


Stonecraft Stonemakers

 Unit 7 321 New England Highway 



Edstein Creative Stone

47/49 Wallsend Road




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.