Council manages four cemeteries in Maitland.
You can use the burial register to find the location of persons buried in cemeteries managed by Council.
Please note not all burials have headstones, which sometimes makes it difficult to identify locations. Burial records before the 1980s were also received from churches, funeral directors, and gravediggers, therefore not all were received.
Reserve a burial plot
Burial plots can be reserved for the future to ensure loved ones are not burdened during an emotional time, or for immediate use if someone you know has untimely passed away.
New reservation fees
Open a grave
Burial permit (Interment Right)
After reserving a burial plot or niche, you will be granted a legal document by Council called an Interment Right, which gives you ownership of the burial plot or niche.
The Interment Right can be transferred to another person, by completing a Transfer or Interment Right Form, with approval from Council.
A niche is a space in a columbarium wall where ashes are placed. Council officers enter ashes into the niches, and will notify family members of the designated time.
A columbarium wall is a wall that stores niches where boxes of ashes are placed. Columbarium walls are located at Morpeth Cemetery.
Memorial plaques for the columbarium walls are included in the cost of the interment and can feature about six lines of text.
includes plaque and surround
Example: removing or moving of ashes
Reserve a niche
Niches on columbarium walls can be reserved for the future to ensure loved ones are not burdened during an emotional time, or for immediate use if someone you know has untimely passed away.
When erecting a new monument, it’s recommended that you wait 6-12 months to allow for the ground to settle at the burial site.
All monuments must first be approved by Council and comply with the Australian Standards and must be installed by a monumental mason.
The care, maintenance and repair of monuments are the responsibility of the family or estate of the deceased.
Apply for monument works
You can apply for an erection of a monument, or for restoration work, by completing a Monumental & Restoration Work Form.
Cemetery service providers
Below are a list of cemetery service providers that are licensed to work in Council operated cemeteries:
- Creightons Funeral Services
Ph: 4362 1203
- C R Smythe & Son
Ph: 4990 1425
- David Lloyd Funerals
Ph: 4966 5277
- Meighans Funerals
Ph: 4952 3099
- Peter Fry Funerals
Ph: 4930 1441
- Pettigrew Family Funerals
Ph: 4951 1166
- Simplicity Funerals
Ph: 0427 679 223
- Fry Bros Funerals
Location East Maitland
Ph: 4933 6155
- White Lady Funerals
Ph: 4968 9401
If you are a service provider and would like to work in Council’s cemeteries, please submit a Licence to Work in Council Cemeteries Application.
There are six (6) nearby private cemeteries that are operated by private organisations and churches, and five historic cemeteries which are closed to new burials.
- Oswald Cemetery
- Oakhampton Cemetery
- Maitland Jewish Cemetery
- East Maitland Glebe Cemetery
- Hiland Cemetery
The Australian Death Notification Service lets you notify multiple organisations about the death of a loved one with a free and simple process.
The Service allows you to notify financial, insurance, superannuation, utility providers and government services through one channel.