CEMETERY

The graveyard is central to the English village charm of our parish site.  It is an historic place, which also continues to be available for new interments.  St Jude’s may be the last place in Sydney where a funeral procession can move from the church door directly to the church yard for the burial.

During Spring, the wildflowers are left to grow and make a lovely display of a number of rare plants.

The cemetery opens daily at approximately 9:30 am and closes at 4:00 pm.

 

AROUND ST JUDE’S CEMETERY

Click here for more about the history of our cemetery and its more recent enthusiasts. 

 

MAP

Click here to view a map of all the current grave sites in the cemetery. 

Columbarium

The columbarium, which was opened in 1956, is at the far end of the path which extends from the cemetery gates towards The Avenue.  It is an attractive and peaceful place where the ashes of loved ones can be interred.  Niches in the columbarium are available to anyone in the community (there is no requirement to be a church member).

Memorial Garden

Since 2006 St Jude’s has made available a Memorial Garden off the Northern entrance to the Columbarium.  Here ashes can be placed in the garden and an inscription made on a small plaque on the garden edging.  This provides a pleasant garden space for the ashes of loved ones, and is available to the whole community.

Ashes in Old Graves

Ashes of direct relatives may be placed in older grave sites with permission from any next of kin and the Parish Council.

As with all burial areas here, the wording must be in keeping with the Christian nature of the cemetery.

Grave Sites

Because of their limited numbers, grave sites are available to regular parishioners.  They can be applied for, through written application to the Rector and Parish Council, and reserved on the cemetery plan.

As the site is a Heritage listed site, all monuments constructed have to be approved by both the Heritage Council and the Parish Council.

Costs (as of MAY 2023)

Columbarium

$1,760 – (plus plaque and fitting)

Memorial Garden

$2,200 – (plus plaque and fitting)

Grave Sites

POA – (plus monumentation)

Ashes in Older Grave sites

$2,200 – (plus plaque and fitting)

To enquire about purchasing a place, please contact the church office.

PLAQUES AND MONUMENTS

It is generally the responsibility of the next of kin to arrange for a plaque (on a columbarium niche or Memorial Garden place) or stone monument (on a grave) to commemorate the person whose remains are interred.

To arrange for the making of a plaque for the Columbarium or Memorial Garden, contact C.R Warne on 02 9299 4870, or corporateawards.com.au 

Plaques for the Columbarium and Memorial Garden must be made as follows:

  • Columbarium, Blocks A-H (Niches 1-1116): Silver coloured, 134 mm x 95 mm
  • Columbarium, Blocks I-J (Niches 1117-1476): Cast bronze, 134 mm x 95 mm
  • Memorial Garden: Cast bronze, 120 mm x 80 mm

To arrange for a grave monument, please contact either of the following:

The process is:

  1. You should work out the wording for the plaque or monument and let the church office know by email. Wording should be in keeping with the Christian nature of the cemetery. It is a good idea to have a Bible verse or something extolling the hope of the resurrection to eternal life.  Ministry staff are happy to provide suggestions.
  2. Plaques must be made in accordance with the relevant specifications (see above). Grave monuments are designed by the monument makers, after which the design must be sent to the church office for Parish Council approval.
  3. The monument maker is responsible for ensuring that the monument is acceptable to the heritage authorities. (St Jude’s Cemetery, along with the entire St Jude’s site, is on the NSW State Heritage register).
  4. Once all approvals are in place, the monument maker should contact the church for access to the site to install the monument.
  5. Completed plaques, along with the ashes of loved ones, should be delivered to the church. We complete the installation.