Community Services

  • Civic Administration Building
    Church Street, Dubbo, NSW, 2830
  • Office hours:
    9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
  • Mailing address:
    PO Box 81, Dubbo, NSW, 2830
  • Telephone: (02) 6801 4000
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Old Dubbo Cemetery

The Old Dubbo Cemetery opened in 1863.

This Cemetery is located to the west of St Mary’s Primary School, bounded by Cobbora Road, Barden Avenue and Myall Street. Entry is via both Cobbora Road and Myall Street with the gates opening from sunrise to sunset every day.

In 1967, Council successfully negotiated with the Crown Lands Department to cease cemetery activities at this site and to create a New Dubbo Lawn Cemetery on Cobbora Road.

This decision was made on the basis that the Dubbo residential area was expanding to the east and that the land would be more appropriately used for the urban expansion rather than as a cemetery.

One of the additional problems encountered at the Old Dubbo Cemetery was the presence of rock bands, which made digging graves very difficult and at times impossible. This was another reason for the cessation of the cemetery and the creation of the New Dubbo Cemetery

Only people with prior reservations have been buried in the Old Dubbo Cemetery since 1967.

Prior to 9 November 1962, the Cemetery was controlled by the various religious denominations and includes the following sections:

 R1  Presbyterian/Methodist
 R2  Church of England
 R3A  Roman Catholic
 R3B  Roman Catholic
 R4A  Presbyterian
 R4B  General
 L1  Presbyterian
 L2A  Church of England
L2B  Church of England
L2C  Church of England
L3A  Roman Catholic
L3B  Roman Catholic
L4A  Methodist
L4B  Roman Catholic

Unfortunately the records of burials at the Cemetery are incomplete with some records lost or destroyed prior to Council’s trusteeship.  The loss of records makes it difficult to trace lost friends or relatives.

A Wall of Memories was erected in 2001/2002 so relatives or friends can place plaques on the wall for loved ones buried in the Old Dubbo Cemetery in unmarked graves.