This series contains forms submitted by undertakers/funeral directors to make funeral arrangements, known as Applications for Graves or Cemetery Returns, for graves at Polson, Howard and Nikenbah Cemeteries.
Each form shows the name, denomination, late residence, rank/profession and age of the deceased, in addition to where born, minister to officiate, day of funeral, hour of funeral and supposed cause of death. Details relating to the grave were also recorded, including portion of cemetery, number of grave on plan, whether the grave was public, private or a vault (and what size if not public), what depth and whether it was a first or second interment. Later forms sometimes show the date of death, gender of the deceased and details relating to the next of kin. Forms were signed by the undertaker or representative of the deceased and the sexton of the cemetery. The name of the relevant cemetery appears in the title of the form. Information submitted on this form was likely used to complete the relevant details in the cemetery’s burial register.
Death certificates, district registrar’s certificates, correspondence and other related materials are occasionally interleaved between the applications.