When a grave is purchased, the buyers name and address is entered in to the register as the titleholder for the specified plot and they receive a title deed certificate.
The titleholder of the burial plot is then given the right to up to three internments (burials) per plot. The purchase of the plot does not mean that the person has purchased the land, only the right to internment.
We can only accept a request for an internment from the titleholder and can only grant permission to the titleholder for the erection of memorials.
Burial plots cannot be purchased in advance of a death.
The grave may be assigned to a nominated successor by the titleholder during their lifetime. If this is not undertaken, on the death of the titleholder, the title may only be transferred to a successor (family member) with the written consent of any other family members who may have a claim to the grave.
This means that should a titleholder pass away without assigning the grave to a successor, there may be a delay in using the grave for burials until such time as a formal deed transfer can be carried out with the agreement of all necessary family members.
In addition we will only be able to contact the titleholder from their last known address. It is therefore recommended that the deed for graves is assigned or transferred as soon as possible to avoid any upset to bereaved families.
These cemeteries are laid out and developed on the ‘lawn system’ which provides for a space at the head of each grave for the planting of flowers and/or the erection of a headstone. This space is four feet wide by 2 feet 6 inches deep.
The remaining portion of each grave is sown out in grass which will be left clear of any vases, holders or other additions in order to facilitate grass cutting throughout the cemetery. No wreaths, including grass wreaths, will therefore be permitted to remain on a grave for more than 4 weeks after the date of burial.
Every effort is made to accommodate individual memorial wishes of families, however, it is necessary to ensure that the size and type of memorials are appropriate to their setting. Therefore all memorials (headstones) must be approved by the Cemeteries Office prior to erection, including the proposed inscription. Please note emblems are not permitted on headstones.