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  • A new Mausoleum coming soon to Cheltenham Cemetery, Adelaide

    Adelaide Cemeteries (ACA) is expected to add a mausoleum to its Cheltenham Cemetery. According to reports in Adelaide's The Advertiser (paywalled), the ACA is investing $2 million (AU) to construct the mausoleum. 

  • Above Ground Burial Structures Standards Technical Committee seeks feedback

    Standards Australia Technical Committee (BD-071) is current;y reviewing AS 4425 (1996)"A Bove Ground Burial Structures.

    Chair of Technical Committee BD-071 and member of the CCANSW, Martin Forrester-Reid,  has advised that “Technical Committee BD-071 held Meeting #7 on 2 October 2019.  Below is a summary of the work undertaken during the meeting:

  • Catholic Church builds George Pell’s crypt

    There is news that the Catholic Church has spent tens of thousands of dollars building George Pell an “elaborate mausoleum” in the underground crypt below Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral.  Recently completed by Melocco Brothers, a Sydney-based company of stone artisans, the mausoleum is intended as the final resting place for Cardinal Pell, honouring him and his contribution to the church in Australia. 

    On article I read states the Sydney Archdiocese has prepared a burial spot for the 76-year-old cardinal upon his eventual death comes as he faces multiple historical sex charges.Cardinal Pell has denied all the allegations, and is working with defence lawyers after returning to Australia from Rome for a committal hearing set to start next month in Melbourne. The Weekend Australian in its report writes it...

     ...understands that Peter Melocco, whose grandfather built the original St Mary’s crypt with its detailed terrazzo floor and marble replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta, encountered some difficulties during the early construction phase of his company’s recent commission.

    As well as delays caused by water damage in the cathedral basement that required repair work, Mr Melocco’s firm needed to wait for national park approvals so stone from an old quarry could be accessed and matched with existing material in the crypt.

    Melocco Brothers has constructed many of the marble interiors of Sydney’s grander buildings dating back to the 1930s.

    The proposed St Mary’s mausoleum for Cardinal Pell was funded in large part with contributions from the church-owned NSW Catholic Cemeteries Board, which is responsible for a number of Sydney’s public cemeteries, including Australia’s largest, Rookwood, in the city’s west. It is understood extra funding was provided when an initial allocation was not enough to finance the project.

    St Mary’s crypt are the final resting places of Sydney archbishops John Bede Polding, Kellyand Roger Vaughan and cardinals Patrick Moran, Gilroy, James Freeman and Edward Clancy.

    The article in The Australian is behind a paywall.   Consider using if you are reluctant about paying for content. 


  • Cemetery land shortage; are mausoleums the answer?

    SanAntonio Crypts Rollover 600x600The Daily Telegraph speculates about land shortages at Rookwood Cemetery and asks if more mausoleums are the answer.  It may be according to Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust chief executive George Simpson.

  • Design judges pay their respects to mausoleum

    A project highlighting the correlation between design and death has been short-listed for a Victorian Architecture Award. The Philip Harmer-designed Atrium of Holy Angels Mausoleum in Melbourne’s Fawkner Cemetery is one of four buildings in the running for the best public space award.

  • Gol Gumbaz - 17th Century Mausoleum

    Gol Gumbaz

    Atlas Obscurarecently featured an artilce on domes. One that caught our eye is Gol Gumbaz, a fabulously imposing structure, towering 51 meters above the surrounding city of Vijayapura and representing one of the most important examples of late-medieval Indo-Islamic architecture. Meaning “circular dome”, it is appropriate that this mausoleum is most famous for its massive crowning feature — which is not only architecturally impressive, but also houses a sonic funhouse.

  • Maqbaratoshoara: The Mausoleum of Poets

    Maqbaratoshoara, which translates as the Mausoleum of Poets, is a graveyard belonging to classical and contemporary poets, mystics and other notable people, located in the Surkhab district of Tabriz in Iran. It was built by Tahmaseb Dolatshahi in the mid-1970s while he was the Secretary of Arts and Cultures of East Azarbaijan.

  • Medium-density death: Rookwood plans multistorey mausoleum Skip to sections

    The Sydney Morning Herald reports  how Sydney's major cemeteries are going medium-density, planning multistorey burial spaces above and below ground to provide urgently needed plots. Executives at Australia's largest cemetery Rookwood said they were in early discussions to build a five-to-six-storey mausoleum before its existing facility fills up in 18 months.

    This would use land unsuitable for burials, the administrator of the Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust Jason Masters said.

  • Randwick Cemetery mausoleum set to go for less than $1 million

    Randwick Cemetery SydneyThe Daily Telegraphp says it is described as a “rare piece of Sydney real estate”, a place in desirable Coogee with room for 14 people and tipped to cost less than $1 million but there is a catch — you literally have to die for it.

    The 3.6m by 3.6m concrete property can only be occupied in the afterlife.

  • Seppelt Family Mausoleum, Barossa Valley, South Australia

    A pivotal part of South Australia's  Barossa Valley history, the Seppelt's familymausoleum is a tribute to the part the Seppelt family played in the Barossa wine history. The Seppelt’s family mausoleum, built in 1927,  is open to the public.  If you’re in the area or travelling past it is definitely worth a visit.

  • SMH: Holy Angels deliver Fawkner mausoleum

    Fawkner's Holy Angels Mausoleum

    The Sydney Morning Herald's Commecial Real Estate sections reports Mausoleums are a relatively new concept for Australia, with the first appearing in the 1990s after changes in government legislation.

  • The Lowell Mausoleum - the resting place of the man who discovered Pluto

    A small mausoleum located ona windswept mountainside is the final resting place of  American businessman-turned-astronomer, Percival Lowell, whose work led to the discovery of Pluto.