Memorial Garden


Dedicated to the memory of all people who walked this land before us:

the Dharawal People, Early Pioneers and Parishioners of St John Bosco

A Columbarium is a wall of niches to hold the ashes of our loved ones. We have 4 walls each with 40 niches on the front (facing the water feature) and 27 on the back.

The brass plaque which covers the front of the niche with the deceased person’s name etc. is only able to be purchased once the owner of the niche has passed away. The plaque takes approximately 8 weeks to manufacture.

Use the button to the right to apply for a niche, a plaque or both.

Click HERE for current availability before you apply



The price for a Columbarium Niche is currently $1,386 for a niche and $616 for a plaque.


The plaque overall size is 152mm x 152mm.

Opening Line is generally "In loving memory of" however you can modify this to a maximum of 26 characters.

Name Line(s) shows the deceased name, this can span 1 or 2 lines as required. A maximum of 18 characters per line is allowed for. If you need to span two lines you will specify this on your application.

Date of Birth and Death.

Description lines: It is recommended you have a maximum of 6 lines otherwise this can become crowded. The maximum characters per line is 26.

The Tree of Life is a granite wall upon which memorial leaf plaques are placed. The tree is a lasting reminder of the many people who have been a part of our Parish Community over the years.

Unfortunately a leaf plaque cannot be purchased until the person(s) named on the plaque are deceased, because the date of passing is not known.

Price for a Tree of Life leaf is currently $264. The price will increase on July 1, 2022 to $275.

Click HERE for current availability before you apply.

The plaque is limited to 4 lines only consisting of:

  • Line 1: Max 19 characters

  • Line 2: Max 22 characters

  • Line 3: Max 28 characters

  • Line 4: Max 19 characters

Want to discuss this with family members? Click this LINK to download a printable document.

Frequently asked questions

Am I able to purchase just one niche, which will contain the ashes of two people?

No. It is our policy that only one persons ashes will be permitted in one niche. In most cases there would be insufficient space for two urns within the niche. You may purchase two niches side by side if you wish.

Can I order the Niche Memorial Plaque at the time of Niche purchase?

No. The person needs to be deceased at the time of purchase of the plaque. We can’t order the plaque until the date of death is known.

Can I reserve a niche now and pay for it at time of inurnment?

You need to make full payment at time of application otherwise we will be unable to reserve the niche of your choice. The cost of the niches are reviewed annually, so if you buy now you are likely to pay less than you would at the time of inurnment.

Will the cost of the plaque be fixed at the time of niche purchase, even though I am not ordering the plaque now?

No. The price of the plaques will be reviewed annually and will likely increase in line with production costs. The current price will be shown on our website and in the plaque request form you need to fill out at the time of purchase.

Does the niche have to contain the ashes of the person shown on a memorial plaque?

Yes. A niche cannot be used for a plaque alone, without the ashes being placed in the niche.

How big is the Memorial Plaque?

The plaque is 152cm square. Although you can have 10 lines on a plaque it can appear overcrowded, we would strongly recommend 6 lines or less. There is no lower limit to the lines used although a minimum 3 lines would be necessary for a simple declaration such as:

  1. "In loving memory of

  2. Name

  3. Date of Death

The Name can contain no more than 18 characters and each line of text no more than 26 characters.

WHO TO CONTACT

Please contact the Parish Office 9520 8277 and they will direct your enquiry appropriately.

The Memorial Garden volunteers are:

  • Treasurer Brian Carnegie

  • Registrars Helen Gurney and Helen Duthie

  • Maintenance Co-ordinator Kevin Gurney

  • Memorial Service Ministers Annette Milross, Bernadette Winn and Matt Humphreys.

ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE MEMORIAL GARDEN