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Burial and Lease Information

Burial plots at the cemeteries are limited. For all advice on burials and leases please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority

Memorial plaques on benches

The Memorial Plaques is a popular program for the community to memorialise and honour a loved one on. It involves the license of a plaque placed on a public bench for a duration of 10 years, renewable. The current fee is $4,000 per ten-year period for a location on the foreshore and $2,700 for seats in parks and reserves. Not all seats are open for memorials.

If you would like more information, or if you are ready to apply for a plaque on a public bench, please download the application form and terms and conditions
The demand for memorial seats is much higher than the number of seats we have available. Please note there is no waiting list for particular seat locations. To accommodate the people who wish to honour a loved one on the foreshore, we have developed the Glenelg and Brighton Seaside Memorial (see below).

Brighton jetty

Glenelg and Brighton Seaside Memorial (Ashes' memorial)

Brighton memorials

We have developed the Glenelg Seaside Memorial to provide a place for people to honour loved ones whose ashes have been scattered in the waters off Glenelg Beach. The memorial concept grew from our wish to help the many people who called us expressing a need for a lasting, physical memorial of their loved one – something they could visit and touch.

Installed in February 2015 and located on the foreshore just north of the Glenelg Jetty, the memorial was designed as an interactive granite sculpture – a celebration of life, and of the people who loved this special place.

Spaces cannot be reserved for engravings on the seaside memorials, inscriptions are made in the order that they are received.

Names are added to the memorial four times a year. Please do not leave flowers at the memorial.

Seaside memorial application forms

St .Jude's Cemetery

Located at the rear of the St Jude’s Church at 444 Brighton Road, Brighton, St Jude’s Cemetery was established in 1854 and is the resting place of many significant South Australians, including Sir Douglas Mawson, Sir William Ashton, and Catherine Helen Spence. The cemetery is State Heritage listed and includes a columbarium (niche) wall for interment of cremated remains. Find it on a map here.

North Brighton Cemetery

Located at 301 Brighton Road, Somerton Park (with entry via King George Avenue), the North Brighton Cemetery recorded its first burial in 1859. It features the graves of many Glenelg and Brighton identities including William Fisk and the Bagshaw and Chinner families. Find it on a map here.

The cemetery includes several columbarium (niche) walls for the interment of cremated remains and features a mural and name plaques to honour the memory of stillborn babies and children who were buried at the cemetery in unmarked graves from 1902 to 1984.

Family History

If you’re researching your family history, the Holdfast Bay History Centre can assist you with searching for gravesites in our St Jude’s and North Brighton cemeteries. Please note this service is only available for historical graves up until 1940. Please contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority for all other searches and enquiries.