Memorial Services at Nulkaba
St. Patrick’s of Nulkaba is available for memorial services and is located across from the Cessnock cemetery and has a crematorium on site.
To comply with ongoing amendments to NSW restrictions, St Patricks of Nulkaba advises:
- Indoor funerals can have up to 30 mourners seated in the Chapel
- Outdoor funerals can have up to 100 mourners
will be allowed in NSW, (these numbers excludes the Celebrant/Priest, Funeral Directors’ staff and Palmdale Group staff). The 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies. Attendees must wear facemasks. To comply with this amendment, chapel capacity is determined by the social distancing rule of 1.5m separation of persons not from the same household applying. The service numbers listed are one or the other not combined, and will strictly be monitored to adhered to. *Please contact our team to discuss outdoor services adhering to the current restrictions.
Having cared for the local and wider community for generations, the advice and knowledge of the team at St. Patrick’s of Nulkaba will ensure your memorial service for a loved one is truly special. While no one has the ability to take away the pain you feel, you can take comfort in the knowledge that you will receive the very best care, personal attention and guidance every step of the way.
Staff are available for inspections or assistance by appointment, please contact our team at St. Patrick’s of Nulkaba who are here to assist you during this personal time.
St. Patricks of Nulkaba is a member of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of NSW.
The History of St. Patricks
The first record of St. Patrick’s dates back to 1829 when an allotment of land was set aside as the location of the Roman Catholic Church by William Bowen on April 30th for the newly settled region. This particular allotment, had a frontage of 190 feet to the High Road and a depth of 425 feet. This allotment was situated on the outskirts of Cessnock, or the ‘Village of Pokolbin’ as it was known during this period.
St Patrick’s of Nulkaba, previously established as a Catholic Church, was built with its original slab-construction in 1872 for the small township of the ‘Village of Pokolbin’ (Cessnock). At this time, this town was developed as a service centre for local farmers and travellers, with a population of approximately 62 as recorded in 1871. Over the following decades the town grew as a mining town on the edge of the thriving Hunter Valley Wine Region.
St. Patricks was refurbished in 1892 as a Catholic Church and blessed by The Right Reverend Dr Murray, Bishop of Maitland on Rosary Sunday, in 1892. Over a century on the chapel still services the community as a non-denominational chapel and a beautifully crafted venue both inside the sandstone walls and out, in the landscaped garden for your ceremony.