Cessnock City Council has two lawn cemeteries. They are Aberdare Lawn Cemetery (Gordon Williams Memorial Cemetery) and Kurri Kurri Lawn Cemetery.
The cost to be buried in a lawn cemetery is higher than general cemeteries, as it includes all Council and grave digging fees, as well as a basic bronze plaque and perpetual maintenance of the site by Council. Please refer to “Instructions for Erecting your Plaque or Headstone” for more information.
Each plot in the lawn cemetery is dug to a depth that enables two burials to occur in each plot. The second burial is to be decided by the family and would usually be a husband or wife.
Specific plots in the lawn cemetery cannot be reserved. If you would like to reserve a plot, you can, and you will be allocated the next available plot at the time of use.
Garden placements are for ashes only.
The cost of this placement includes placement of ashes into one of Council’s nominated gardens, a basic bronze plaque and perpetual maintenance of the site by Council.
Garden placements are also an effective memorial site if you do not wish to actually place ashes there, a plaque can be placed on its own for future family to visit.
Columbarium Wall Placements
Columbarium Wall Placements are for ashes only.
The cost of this placement includes placement of ashes into one of Council’s columbarium walls, a basic bronze plaque and perpetual maintenance of the site by Council.
Wall placements are also an effective memorial site if you do not wish to actually place ashes there, a plaque can be placed on its own for future family to visit.
The existing Columbarium Walls may at times not hold the full amount of ashes received from a crematorium. This is because the cremation process has changed since the columbarium walls were installed.
Currently, if all the ashes do not ‘fit’ in the wall, the family have the option to either collect the remainder and keep it themselves, or a Council officer can scatter the remainder in one of our gardens.
Greta and Branxton Cemeteries Ashes Interment Options
Greta and Branxton Tidy Towns have approached Cessnock Council to assess the demand for ashes internment (the placement of ashes following cremation) at Greta and Branxton cemeteries. A survey has been conducted with residents and feedback will be posted shortly.
Council maintains several general cemeteries. These include: Branxton Anglican, Greta, Cessnock, Aberdare, Kurri Kurri, Rothbury, Millfield, Wollombi, and Ellalong.
Cessnock Cemetery is closed to new burials due to the high number of unmarked graves. Plots reserved prior to 1999 will be honoured.
General cemeteries are usually divided into denominations of religion such as Catholic Section or Anglican Section; however you do not have to practice a particular religion to be buried in that section.
Reservations of plots can be made and held at Council for a specific plot(s).
Maintenance of the grounds of these cemeteries is done by Council; however the maintenance of the plot is the responsibility of the family. E.g. If the monument (headstone) is damaged over the years, it is the responsibility of the family to fix it.
Any work conducted on general cemetery plots must be done by licensed contractors.
Forms and Guides
- Application to Reserve a Plot
- Instructions for erecting your Plaque or Headstone
- Appliation for Ashes Placement
- Plaque Wording Form
- Examples of Wording for Plaques
- Fees and Charges
- War Memorial Information
If you would like to have a defence forces badge included on a memorial plaque (at an extra charge of $55.00) OR have a person's name added to a War Memorial Wall, you will need to provide evidence that the person has served in the Australian Defence Forces (such as discharge papers).
- Instructions for choosing your Motif