Memorials

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The Eltham Cemetery Trust is responsible for maintaining the appearance and atmosphere of Eltham Cemetery. As such, memorialisation standards have been set by the Trust in order to maintain consistency throughout the cemetery.

For further information about memorials, please contact the Secretary.

Memorialising Ashes or Lawn Interment Sites
Ashes interment sites and lawn gravesites may be memorialised with a single bronze memorial plaque. The size and colour of the plaque may vary dependent on the section of the cemetery.

The purchase and installation of bronze plaques may be arranged with the Secretary or alternative suppliers may be sourced if desired. These suppliers must apply for work permits* and submit design plans to ensure Cemetery standards and requirements are complied with.

Headstone Lawn and Vault Interment Sites
The Headstone Lawn and Vault interment sites within the Cemetery must be purchased with the accompanying headstone, which has been pre-installed. A stonemason needs to be engaged to supply the inscription; they must apply for work permits* and submit design plans to ensure Cemetery standards and requirements are complied with.

Monumental Interment Sites
Monumental memorials may only be erected in the designated Monumental sections of the Cemetery; a stonemason must be engaged to undertake construction and installation of a monument and/or headstone. A stonemason must apply for work permits* and submit design plans to ensure Cemetery standards and requirements are complied with.

Flowers and Ornaments
Only vases issued by the Cemetery may be used at an interment site, with the exception of where a vase or receptacle forms part of a monument or headstone.

Further, the following are not permitted and will be removed:

  • any non Cemetery issued or approved vase (glass, plastic, ceramic or otherwise);
  • containers or pots;
  • ornaments of any kind**;
  • candles;
  • any item attached to a bronze memorial plaque or lawn grave headstone, other than a ceramic photograph;
  • artificial flowers or floral arrangements that may
    • have the potential to cause damage to equipment and/or employees operating the equipment OR;
    • intrude or obstruct neighbouring interment sites;
  • planted shrubs, trees or flowers.

Stray flowers or dead floral arrangements will be removed as required by Cemetery employees prior to undertaking routine garden maintenance activities.


* additional fees may apply
** Ornaments may be placed on monumental interment sites provided Cemetery standards are met and with approval of the Secretary/Manager.