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Council manages 3 cemeteries across the city offering pleasant and cost effective burial and ash memorial sites. There are lawn and monumental sites for burials and memorial sites for the placement of ashes.

Burials

Lawn Beam

Council has recently developed sections within Wallsend and Stockton Cemetery which are of concrete beam construction; lawn burials.  This has been developed where a monument or a grave surround is not required. Lawn beam burials are suitable for people who like the idea of a lawn setting but prefer to have a headstone only marking the grave site.

Monumental

These sections allow full monumental structures to be erected over the grave site normally constructed of granite, marble or concrete.

Ashes

Niche Wall

A newly constructed grey granite memorial wall. A niche wall is a specially designed wall for placement of cremated remains (only one set of ashes can be placed in each space) and a granite memorial plaque with inscription is installed on the wall.

Memorial Garden Suite

Surrounding the niche wall is a newly constructed memorial garden suite. A memorial garden suite is a specially designed garden for placement of cremated remains (only one set of ashes can be placed in each space) and a granite memorial plinth with inscription is installed into the ground.

  1.  Niche Wall and Memorial Garden Suite General Information (pdf)

Lawn Beam and Monumental

Additionally, placement of cremated remains can be interred into the ground of these sections.

Wallsend Cemetery

  • Location - Sandgate Road, Birmingham Gardens
  • Occupies an area of approximately 66,000 sq.m. (6.6ha)
  • The first known interment was that of Robert Elliott in June 1896 in the Anglican Portion
  • Records indicate there have been over 5,500 interments.

Burial Options

  • Lawn beam burial and ash interment
  • Monumental burial and ash interment
  • Niche Wall ash interment
  • Memorial Garden Suite ash interment.

All areas are open for Burial Licence reservation and opening of pre-reserved plots / spaces.

Please see layout of:

  1.  Wallsend Cemetery (pdf)
  2.  Niche Wall (pdf)
  3.  Memorial Garden Suite (pdf)

NB: map depicts the sectional layout of the cemetery only. For information relating to vacant plots / spaces, please contact Council's administration for current availability.

Stockton Cemetery

  • Location - Fullerton Street, Stockton
  • Occupies an area of approximately 116,000 sq.m (11.6ha)
  • The first known interment was that of John Taylor in June 1890 in the Anglican Portion
  • Records indicate there have been over 4,000 interments
  • Stockton Cemetery Land Care Group assist with the maintenance of this cemetery; for further information on volunteering with this group, please contact Councils Bushcare Officer on 0413 871325.

Burial Options

  • Lawn beam burial and ash interment
  • Monumental burial and ash interment.

All areas are open for Burial Licence reservation and opening of pre-reserved plots.

  1. Please see layout of  Stockton Cemetery (pdf)

NB: map depicts the sectional layout of the cemetery only. For information relating to vacant plots, please contact Council's administration for current availability.

Minmi Cemetery

  • Location - Minmi Road, Minmi
  • Occupies an area of approximately 11,000 sq.m. (1.1ha)
  • The first known interment was that of baby boy Henry Jacob Estel in 1859
  • Records indicate there have been approximately 2,300 interments.

Burial Options

  • Monumental burial and ash interment.

All areas are closed for new Burial Licence reservations but burials can be still carried out opening of pre-reserved plots which have the capacity for further burials or placement of ash remains.

  1. Please see layout of  Minmi Cemetery (pdf)

Burial Licence Reservation

Many people choose to pre-purchase a Burial Licence to ensure their loved ones are not burdened with these choices during an emotional time. A Burial Licence is an exclusive right granted by Council (or its predecessors) for use of a burial plot, niche wall space or memorial garden suite space. The holder of the Burial Licence has the sole authority to determine who can be interred in the burial plot, niche wall or memorial garden suite and to allow memorials including headstones, inscriptions etc to be placed on the grave site, niche wall or memorial garden suite.

Burial Permit

A Burial Permit is required prior to an interment or placement of cremated remains including interment or scattering of ashes on the plot. A Burial Permit application must be completed and signed by the Burial Licence owner (Grantee) and lodged by the Funeral Director prior to the burial, interment or placement of ashes. The location of available plots or spaces, details or previous interment or placement of ashes must be verified by Council.

The depth of each grave upon first interment is dug to a depth to accommodate two burials. However, occasionally due to rock or stability problems not evident prior to commencement of digging the grave, ground conditions may not allow for burial in the allocated plot. In these circumstances, an alternative plot will be allocated.

Ash remains can be interred within the allocated plot; a maximum of four ash remains per plot.

Within a full size plot, provision for a still-born pocket can be made (providing the still-born is the first interment).

  1.  Cemetery Burial Licence and Burial Permit Application (pdf)
  2.  Niche Wall Burial Licence and Burial Permit Application (pdf)
  3.  Memorial Garden Suite Burial Licence and Burial Permit Application (pdf)
  4.  Burial Licence Transfer Application (pdf)

Monumental Works

Headstones, kerbs, markers, fences, stones vases (memorial or not), or the planting of any plants are not permitted without Council approval. Council reserves the right to remove any such items.

Council will only grant a monumental permit with the consent of the Grantee of the Burial Licence.

For permission to restore or construct any monument, memorial, foundation, tablet, headstone, gravestone, kerb railing or any other structure, a qualified tradesperson with a current Permit to Work in Council Cemeteries must complete and return the Application for Monumental Work and payment of the appropriate charged fixed by Council.

All works must be undertaken in accordance with the Australian Standard Headstones and Cemeteries Monuments AS 4204-1994 and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 as a minimum. Works are not to commence prior to written Council approval.

Specifically for lawn beam sections, headstone dimension must not exceed 1150mm width, 300mm depth and 850mm height.

Monument ownership and all the responsibilities therein, reside with the Grantee or his or hers successor to the grave.

  1.  Application for Monumental Works (pdf)
  2.  Requirements for the Construction of Monuments (pdf)

Burial History Requests

The records held by Council are those received when taking over the management of the cemeteries of 1 October 1967. Control of public cemeteries was altered by the Local Government Amendment Act No. 52 (Council of Cemeteries) which appointed Councils throughout New South Wales as Trustees of public cemeteries in their area. At that time, Council requested all records held on behalf of the cemetery to be handed over, not all were received. Please note that all of Council's cemeteries have unknown and unmarked graves.

Council may be able to provide details of deceased relatives or friends who are buried in Council Cemeteries. Minimum requirement for history search being christian and family name.

If you require historic information on several family members or friends, please email or write requesting information including all details. Please note a prescribed fee may be charged for the retrieval of this information.

Alternatively, Council's Library has an extensive family history research section (Local Studies) or the
 Newcastle Family History Society Inc have publicised burials for Wallsend, Stockton and Minmi Cemeteries.

Fees and Charges

View   Council's Fees and Charges 2016/17 (pdf)

Contact Details

Enquiries

Phone - 02 4974 2000
Email - mail@ncc.nsw.gov.au

Mail

Newcastle City Council
PO Box 489
Newcastle NSW 2300