Family History Resources

  • This Policy Directive provides the policy to be followed by Public Health Units in receipt of an application to seek permission for exemption from Clause 63 of the Public Health Regulation 2012 and to provide the conditions on which approvals would be granted for exemption.

  • When a deceased person's body is to be buried in a cemetery, may family members assist in digging and closing the grave?

  • Christine SmythAt the October 2016 CCA Kingscliff Conference, Christine Smyth, Partner, Manager Inheritance Law Division, Robbins Watson Solicitors, presented a paper on the recent developments in funeral disputes that may affect NSW practitioners.

    Christine has followed up with a "Q&A" on interment rights, the continuing relevance of the Smith v Tamworth City Council decision, the Cemeteries & Crematoria Act and the Public Health Regulation. CCA Members can access the document in the Members Only section once they have logged in there.

    Q & A Document

  • I have placed a file note in the Members Only site explaining where we are at with the Universal Search Engine project. You'll need a Members' login to access the document here.

  • Here's a bit of dated cemetery news that might interest some of you. Details of all 160,000 burials between 1839 and 2010 at London’s most famous cemetery have now been made available online.

  • its0nlynatural.jpg A Natural burial ground in New Zealand is providing a forest with a new lease of life.

    A natural burial project at Waikumete Cemetery in west Auckland is helping individuals make environmentally friendly choices in death, while giving a native forest a chance to thrive.  Waikumete is New Zealand's largest cemetery and one of the country's largest urban parks.  Since 1886, it has served as the main cemetery for the Auckland region.  In 1999, it became the first cemetery in New Zealand to open an eco or natural burial area.

  • Read about our latest customer story on  how St John's Church in Gordon digitalized their cemetery records and published them on line.

  • thumbRNS-NJ-BUSINESS033114.jpgIf the Daily Mail can be believed, Sweden has opened its first cemetery for atheists because the majority of the population do not believe in God.

    The neutral burial place is in Borlange in central Sweden and was proposed by a teacher in the country, who is originally from Kurdistan. 

  • tamworth regional council 01The "Northern Leader" reports a Tamworth (NSW)  councillor has called for council to look into allowing family members to be buried next to each other in closed cemeteries.

    The Tamworth region has 18 cemeteries, with 10 of those operational and eight now closed for burials

  • The Examiner writes that according to the Labor Party existing Tasmanian cemeteries and gravesites must be given a guarantee they can operate forever

    St_Matthius_at_Windermere-TasmaniaLyons Labor MHA Jen Butler said on Saturday the state government must amend the Burials and Cremations Act to guarantee the ongoing use of cemeteries sold as part of the Anglican Church’s contribution to the national redress scheme for sexual abuse survivors.

  • emoji search glassThe CCANSW has proposed a universal burial and cremation record search engine. The concerns & apprehensions that  burial and cremation authorities and  record keepers might have about the proposal are addressed at the outset; The CCANSW understands and appreciates the efforts, investment and dedication record keepers have invested  in their systems, so it is important to state up front that it is not the CCANSW's intent to "harvest" and store data. Instead it proposes to search other sites. The result of the search would then be displayed to the user as a simple link which will direct the user to the site or domain that contains the actual data. There would be no loss of traffic to the data container's domain. In fact, traffic should increase. Essentially, the user access to the data will always be determined by the record keeper.

  • GMCT IMG 2480THThe image to the left is of a public notice seen recently in major Victorian newpapers. Click on the image to open it full size.

    It seems to be part of the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) Tenure Program that is an important part of the organisation’s commitment to sustainability. The purpose of the Tenure Program is to identify long-term unused graves in order to maximise available burial space and provide for the community into the future.

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