... according to the Sydney Morning Herald, telling us that  "an audit of the cemetery's expired burial leases has discovered enough space for a more lasting visit."

The review of "right of burial certificates" dating back to when the cemetery opened in 1877 uncovered nearly 1500 expired allotments or burial sites, some suitable for two, that had not been used, said the cemetery's interim manager Ken Shelston.

Descendants now have an opportunity to reconnect with the past, and extend the lease at a bargain. Those unclaimed sites will be up for sale to the public for the modern equivalent of eternity - leaseholds of 25, 50, 75 or 99 years.

The unclaimed empty lots are expected to allow the cemetery to keep operating at present levels or more depending on demand for as long as 15 years.

The cemetery, which generates about $1.25 million in income, costs about $1 million to run. Like most cemeteries, it also needs to plan for ongoing maintenance costs that will continue long after burials stop.

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