Where do I start?

Now that you have found Australian Cemetery Supplies, we can help you make the right choice. You can either take a walk around your local cemetery or get some ideas on styles, colours etc. Taking some photos of what you like, will help. Or if you can’t find what you’re looking for in our catalogue book, please give us a call and we will help start the following process.

  • Give you some estimate prices
  • Help you with styles, colours and material
  • Design a memorial
  • Help with inscription options
  • Provide you with a free written quote for you to consider
  • Provide you with pictures, plans and proofs of the proposed memorial and inscription that you have chosen(which you can still change at this point)
  • Confirm your order
  • We submit council/cemetery work application forms, and any other documentation required if applicable
  • Start work on memorial foundations if required
  • Erect  or supply memorial

What are the prices?

Prices can vary greatly from a simple grave marker to a full family monument, but as a guide for a single full covered granite monument it is about $5,500-$7,500 on average. For a double side by side monument is roughly around $8,00$12,000 is average. Simple grave markers vary from $750-$2,500 and headstones on a base average around $2,500-$4,000.

Which memorial is right for me?

A very common question among customers is how to choose the ‘right’ memorial?
The simple answer to this is there is no right or wrong memorial design – ultimately the choice will come down to your budget, needs, tastes and possibly cemetery regulations. Below are some important questions worth thinking about.

What is my budget?

How much do you want to spend on a memorial? The prices for headstone and gravestones can vary quite considerably, depending on the quality, granite colour and style. Generally speaking, most monuments fall within a price range of $2,500-$12,000. A good idea when initially speaking to your monumental mason is to let them know what your price range is. That way they can automatically show you what range of memorials fall within your budget.

Single or double monument?

This will depend on your circumstances. If the gravestone is for your partner and you wish to be buried beside them, the best option would be a double monument-as it would be cheaper than purchasing two single monuments.

How long after the burial do we have to wait?

3 months is usually enough. Keep in mind it also could take 1-4 months to choose and complete a monument from your first enquiry date. If a monumental suggests you wait a year or so, it probably means they do not intend to construct a proper foundation.

What foundations do we need?

Foundations depend on  the type of memorial but at the very minimum we use 150mm diameter concrete piers, installed in each corner to a depth of up to 2000mm, with galvanised steel reinforcement well above the requirements set out by the Australian standards AS4204.

What about the quality of the foundation?

Our work is of the highest quality and is far above industry standards. Of course 100% guaranteed. We use steel bar and reinforced mesh to strengthen the memorial and to prevent concrete cancer.

What type of memorials are available?

Many different shapes and colours are available and it can be quite confusing. It is sometimes best to take a stroll through your local cemetery to gather an impression of the style and size you prefer.

What materials should I consider?

Granite, marble, Sandstone and concrete are the most common materials used. Granite being th most favoured for its durability, but a combination can reduce the cost.

What colour granite is best?

When thinking of a headstone the darker the colour the more inscription lettering will stand out, for example Black granite with gold gilded letters will appear brighter than if it was inscribed to a light grey granite.

What are cemetery fees?

Cemetery fees are paid to the cemetery/council for work done to a grave by a stonemason. The cost goes towards the administration and maintenance of the grounds.

What should I write on the grave?

Inscriptions can be as standard or as personal as you like. Just keep in mind, the length and size of text that can fit on the monument you choose.
Traditionally, most inscriptions start with a heading such as:

  • ‘’In loving memory of ‘’ or similar then the deceased’s name
  • His/her dates of birth/death
  • ‘’Missed by’’ or ‘’loving wife/husband to ‘ etc
  • Names of his/her loved one and possibly a short personal message, a quote or verse.
  • Photo ceramics are also frequently included, which can instantly tell visitors of his or her personality.
  • NOTE; You can google the word EPITHAPS and find many different ideas to create the perfect reflection of a loved ones life.

What about different religious beliefs?

Australian Cemetery Supplies has access to state of the art computer technology to ensure inscriptions in all languages and religious artwork can be produced.

Can you engrave in a foreign language?

Yes, we can engrave in most foreign languages. We will need and exact copy  of what you would like in the language of your choice. Some foreign language lettering has an additional cost because of the difficulty engraving certain characteristics, so please inquire about the price.

Is it possible to add a personal photograph to a gravestone?

Yes, it is possible to add a personal photograph to the stone as it can be a photo ceramic or laser etched to create a high-detail image on the memorial. Ceramic photographs can also be added at a later date. You can also get a design or emblem engraved on the headstone to honour the deceased.

Got more questions?

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About Us

Australian Cemetery Supplies is a 3rd generation family owned business that has been operating since the 1970’s. Our home based factory is located on the South Coast of NSW and we service cemeteries right across Australia. We create customized Memorial Plaques, Grave Memorials, Headstones and Bronze Statues to commemorate your loved one in a fitting way. We can make products to suit any requirement or budget and can ship products Australia wide. If we can’t install the item for you due to distance, we can supply you with contacts in your local area who can assist.

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