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Circular Head Council manages four (4) cemeteries within the Circular Head area. These are:

  1. Circular Head Lawn Cemetery, Bass Highway near Stanley junction; and
  2. Smithton Public Cemetery, 20 John Street, Smithton
  3. Irishtown Cemetery, Irishtown Road, Irishtown
  4. Stanley Burial Ground, Browns Road, Stanley

Also, a Niche Wall for interment of ashes is located at the Circular Head Lawn Cemetery.

The Stanley Burial Ground and Smithton Public Cemeteries are closed except for existing reservations, and the Circular Head Lawn Cemetery and Irishtown Cemetery are still open.

Other cemeteries exist within Circular Head that are managed by churches or private bodies, and Council do not hold any records for these.

Reservations for Graves

In many cases, people choose to reserve a specific gravesite prior to passing away. This is available at the Circular Head Lawn Cemetery, and the Irishtown Cemetery, and involves completion of a Request for Exclusive Right of Burial form, and payment of the prescribed fee (see Fee Schedule). Confirmation of the reservation is completed only when the fees are paid in full.

It is recommended that viewing of the cemetery plan be arranged prior to organising a reservation, as you are requested to nominate a plot number for identification purposes.

Cemetery Plaques

Council advises that for any burial as of 1 July 2017, plaques will now need to be arranged by your preferred funeral home.

Placement of Ashes

Circular Head Council allow placement of ashes into existing graves, at any of the cemeteries under their control. It is optional for the family to be present at the time the ashes are placed in the grave (upon request with reasonable notice given). A new plaque including the deceased person's details may be required in this case which is at the family's cost (for all cemeteries).

Ashes can also be placed in the Niche Wall, located at the Circular Head Lawn Cemetery. This can be arranged through the Funeral Directors at the time of the funeral, or directly through Council. A standard style container is used, and if the ashes are presently in any other container, they need to be transferred to the correct container. Council, under no circumstances, will complete this on behalf of the relatives. No ashes can be placed in the Niche Wall until a plaque is ordered and received, as this is attached once the ashes container is placed in the wall.

Further assistance can be obtained by contacting the Infrastructure Services Department on (03) 6452 4820.


A copy of Council's Cemetery fees can be found here

Placement of Ashes in Niche Wall
Request for Right of Burial