• Here's a podcast from  Melbourne radio station 3AW. Two 'jocks" want to find out why a) Scandinavian nations keep winning happiness polls, and; b) They are threatening to take Melbourne’s ‘most liveable city‘ title away from us. In the process they learn something about cemeteries:

  • The Geelong Cemeteries Trustis a not for profit Incorporated Trust, which operates under the provisions of the "Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003" of Victoria.

    It was formed in December 1984 following the amalgamation of the Eastern and Western Cemetery Trusts and the Highton/Barrabool Hills Cemetery Trust.  

  • What, if any,  legal requirements regarding fencing around cemetery grounds are there?

    In particular, what is the situation in NSW, AU

  • Bega Valley Shire Council has contracted Kategic Solutions to assist in establishing where cemeteries need review.  The local community is invited to have its say here.

  • The Port Stephens Examiner reports that a light will be shone on the lives and deaths of the 120 people known to be buried in the Port's oldest cemetery, at Birubi Point, in a new book by the Tomaree Family History Group.

  • SMCT LogoCongratulations to Bunurong Memorial Park (BMP) for being awarded the 2016 Runner-up in the American Cemetery Excellence Award.  This is an excellent, well deserved achievement.

    Good cemeteries don't happen by accident.  They take thoughtful planning, dedication, a commitment to excellence, great leadership and, in the case of Bunurong Memorial Park (Victoria) innovative and client-centric thinking.

  • According to a story filed by the ABC,  the Gold Coast Mayor has proposed exhuming bodies from the city's overcrowded cemeteries to then rebury them stacked on top each other — the current policy of new burial plot purchases.

  • Each week the CCANSW will feature one or two articles about specific cemeteries in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world, especially those we may not have yet have heard about, and your local ones that we ought to know about.

  • Legislation for the control and administration of cemeteries & crematoria in NSW


  • reports several mayors across Tasmania have embraced the proposed changes to the Burials Act, as many Tasmanian families face uncertainty over the planned sale of Anglican churches and cemeteries around the state.

  • Implementing a modern cemetery management solution can be a great investment in the future for your cemetery, but what are the key things to weigh up in making this decision? The core business of operating a cemetery is changing, with increased regulation, changes in community expectations, and advances in technology. Selecting the right solution that will help you to meet these changing demands is critical to keeping your cemetery relevant and equipped for the future.

    Here are 5 key considerations when choosing a cemetery management solution for smaller cemeteries:

  • Clareville Cemetery is located on Chester Road on the outskirts of Carterton, New Zealand. It is administered by the Carterton District Council. The grave of Charles Rooking Carter, from whom Carterton derives its name, can be found at Clareville Cemetery. The first burial took place on 26 July 1866.

  • The Central West Daily news site reports Orange and Cabonne councils have asked for patience as ongoing wet weather continues to soak and delay work at the region’s cemeteries.

    Although no complaints had yet been received, Cabonne mayor Ian Gosper asked residents to be patient with the shire’s 11 cemeteries.

    “The ground is so saturated and waterlogged at the moment that it is very difficult to get mowers and other plant on to the areas required and this is making it difficult to present our cemeteries in their best condition,” he said.

  • Romania's Merry Cemetery - click for full imageDo you love to roam through cemeteries when you're on holiday? If so, there's a word for what you've got: "taphophilia", a love of graves and the rituals of death.

    Taphophiles, also known as "gravers", are the people who pore over epitaphs, gravestones and the history of the dead — more often than not, the famous dead. But what exactly is the appeal of visiting a site so intrinsically linked to grief and loss?

  • Nothing is more devastating than the death of a loved one. You’re not thinking clearly, and it’s not a good time to make practical decisions. Thankfully, you can call a funeral home, and they will take care of everything for you.  Well, maybe that’s not always the best option, says Roxanne Walsh, who lives in Halifax and helps people plan funerals and supports survivors through the grieving process after a death occurs.  

  • ArchitectureAU has a "long read" article about cemeteries and crematoriums. "The funerary landscapes of Australia were shaped by nineteenth-century ideas transplanted from London, with little innovation in the intervening years. As traditional cemeteries near capacity and the environmental consequences of cremation become apparent, Australia’s funerary industry is in need of more considered solutions for our final resting place."

  • Iraq’s Wadi Al-Salam Cemetery in Najaf is the world’s largest and oldest graveyard. Millions of people are buried there, mostly Shia Muslims. In recent years, the number of funerals has sharply increased, a consequence of the various wars that have blighted Iraq. Veteran and novice gravediggers talk about their lives among the dead.

  • Burial practices among Catholics are rapidly changing in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, prompting Catholic church leaders in those countries to formally address the issue, according to an article in the Jesuit Review.

  • As if being priced out of the housing market was bad enough, millennials could be locked out of cemeteries with nowhere to bury themselves or their parents…

    "I’ve got some grave concerns. We’re running out of space to bury the dead!", says Marty Smiley on SBS News:

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