Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions

Northern Cemeteries would like to inform you of the following measures and precautions we are putting in place in response to coronavirus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Public Service Announcement

Guidelines for Attending Funerals

For the safety of families and the general public, we are adhering to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule at funeral services.

We offer excellent free web-casting facilities for all those who are unable to attend chapel services and can conduct enquiries over the phone where necessary.

The cemetery continues to be open 6am to 6pm 7 days a week.

Office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. Saturdays 9am to 4pm.

For all enquiries, please call our Customer Care team on 02 9805 0499.

Northern Cemeteries will continue to take all steps to care for our families and the community.

Planning Ahead

Funerals are a time to remember and celebrate a loved one’s life. It is an important part of the grieving process. Just as important, is having a memorial where you can go to remember your loved one for years to come.

History and Facts

Did you know …

The Field of Mars Cemetery was proclaimed on 3 December 1887. The name “Field of Mars” was given by Governor Phillip when he granted land to eight first fleet marines in 1792. There are several theories as to the origin of the name – all with military connections. These areas are now known as Ermington and Melrose Park. However, the name was later applied to a wider district and in 1804 Governor King set aside 5050 acres as a Field of Mars Common for all the settlers. It was later found to be more than 6000 acres. When the Field of Mars Common was subdivided and privatised, 85 acres 2 roads and 28 perches were set aside as a cemetery. More than half that area was later converted into the Field of Mars Flora and Fauna Reserve and the cemetery is now 17 hectares. The Macquarie Park Cemetery was also originally part of the Field of Mars Common.

The Field of Mars Cemetery opened in 1890 and when many of the smaller cemeteries in the surrounding areas were closed around 1910, it was considered to be an important cemetery for the area.

Our recent

Testimonials

Thank you for your compassion and care for our family.

Ann, Pennant Hills

There is a wonderful caring attitude with real warmth and empathy. Nothing was too much trouble and it made us feel totally relaxed.

Carolyn, North Ryde

No two working days are the same; it’s very rewarding.

Helen, Commissionaire

There was nothing that was too much trouble, everyone was extremely polite and carried out the burial with complete respect.

Emily, New South Wales

We’re here to help

We would be happy to discuss the options available with you, please contact us today Monday 8am-4pm, Saturday 9am-4pm

Like to see the attractive grounds and facilities in person?

We have many memorial options which include burial sites, ash gardens, niche walls and other customised memorials.

Northern Cemeteries would like to inform you of the following measures and precautions we are putting in place in response to coronavirus.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the safety of families and the general public, we are adhering to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule at funeral services.

We offer excellent free web-casting facilities for all those who are unable to attend chapel services and can conduct enquiries over the phone where necessary.

The cemetery continues to be open 6am to 6pm 7 days a week.

Office hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. Saturdays 9am to 4pm.

For all enquiries, please call our Customer Care team on 02 9805 0499.

Northern Cemeteries will continue to take all steps to care for our families and the community.