We operate under a conservation based Plan of Management (POM). The POM identifies monuments that are both new and existing significant examples as a Key Issue for the successful management of the cemetery. In short the POM response to the issue says we must manage the placement of new memorials consistent with the cemetery style and so there is no adverse impact on the existing heritage character.
The cemetery is noted for the extensive use of sandstone, white marble, granite and in-laid lead lettering in the memorials. To a lesser degree the use of unpolished trachyte and bluestone are other note worthy material within the cemetery. Generally memorials that include these materials form what is understood to be the existing significant memorial elements within the cemetery. This is partly due to their number, but importantly the Victorian and Edwardian range of artistic elements (statuary including angles, cherubs, serifs, substantial solid stones including Christian crosses, urns, carved decorations including floral relief, birds, crowns, obelisks, and extensive use of contrasting white panelling with dark lettering set against sandstone, etc)
Where there is an existing significant memorial that will benefit from conservation and restoration to preserve its significance and longevity, the work must be in keeping with the originally approved design including the use of sandstone and white marble from that original design. When a new commission is considered, the materials and style must reflect the other significant memorials. We work closely with families to propose the most suitable memorials with legacy advice and estimates can be formulated for Legal Grantees.
“Ledger slabs” or covers that completely enclose an allotment are not encouraged due to the long term maintenance requirements these pose with failed slabs, the cost of removal to permit additional interments and the unknown condition of the memorial under these covers.
We highlight that the style of memorial is a very important aspect when considering Waverley and South Head General Cemetery for the resting place of you or your family.