Cemeteries

The Kangaroo Island Council oversees care and control of 5 cemeteries throughout Kangaroo Island. Three of these are currently operational and they are:

 

 

Kingscote Cemetery
Cemetery - Kingscote

Seaview Road & Cordes Road, Kingscote

 

This cemetery consists of burial allotments, a lawned area and a brick columbarium niche.

American River Cemetery
Cemetery - American River

Redbanks Road, American River

 

This cemetery consists of burial allotments and a brick columbarium niche.

Penneshaw Cemetery - Heritage SA listed Penneshaw Cemetery

Hog Bay Road, Penneshaw

Penneshaw Cemetery is under the care and control of Kangaroo Island Council, however the cemetery is a listed place of State Heritage Significance, and requires Council to liase with the State Heitage branch for the installation of Headstones and monuments within certain parts of the Cemetery.

 

 

 

There are two Cemeteries which are no longer in active use but are maintained, due to their Historical significance and they are:

Pioneer Historical Cemetery (Reeves Point)
Cemetery - Reeves Point

Seaview Road,  Kingscote

 

This cemetery holds the remains of the Early Settlement inhabitants who arrived on Kangaroo Island in 1836.

Emu Bay Historical Cemetery
Cemetery - Emu Bay
North Coast Road, Emu Bay

A small area set aside for burials, but no headstones or records of those buried are availalbe at the site.

Opening hours:
All cemeteries are considered open daily throughout the year from dawn to dusk. No person other than an employee authorised by the Kangaroo Island Council is permitted to enter or remain within the Cemetery grounds after dark.

 

Interment Right (Lease):
The lease is issued for a burial or interment of ashes. It is issued on advice of death and, on payment of the lease, Kangaroo Island Council will grant a licence for the exclusive right of burial or interment in the next designated space within the cemetery for a period of 99 years. At the end of the lease period, if family members do not renew the lease, the plot can be reused.

 

Burials:
All arrangements for burials are made through a Funeral Director of the family’s choice. The Funeral Directors willliase with Kangaroo Island Council before determining a burial date as at least three working days notice is required.

 

Headstones:
Kangaroo Island Council encourages members of the family to erect memorial plaques or headstones at the gravesite. Families generally arrange these directly with a Monumental Company of their choice however standard bronze plaques are available through Council. Memorial plaques and headstones must be to Kangaroo Island Council specifications. Please contact the Kangaroo Island Council for more information.

 

Interment of Ashes in Columbarium:
Interment of ashes in the columbarium is arranged directly between a family member and the Kangaroo Island Council. The plaque must be ordered through the Council. Please contact the Kangaroo Island Council for more information.

 

Interment of Ashes in a previously used site:
Interment of ashes in a previously used burial site may be allowed. This is organised directly between a family member and the Kangaroo Island Council. You must give the Council three working days notice of an interment of ashes in a previously used site. Please contact the Kangaroo Island Council for more information.

 

Landscaping:
It is not permitted to plant on memorials within the Cemetery grounds. No ornaments, floral or other tributes are to be place on or in the lawn areas outside of the approved plinth of headstone as they cause hindrance to maintenance operations.

 

Fees and Charges:
Fees and charges apply to burials and interment of ashes. These are outlined in the Fees and Charges Policy.

 

Further information:
Please contact Council Cemetery Officer on 08 8553 4500 or kicouncil@kicouncil.sa.gov.au

Kangaroo Island Council | 43 Dauncey St (PO Box 121) KINGSCOTE SA 5223
Phone: 08 8553 4500 | Fax: 08 8553 2885 | Email: kicouncil@kicouncil.sa.gov.au
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