About Dearly Plaques & Memorials

The Dearly Plaques & Memorials concept was formed whilst walking the family dog through the local new cemetery where we  observed that all new grave sites had a garden stake as an interim marker. These indicated the name, dates of birth and death and grave site reference. They were usually surrounded by beautiful flowers and mementos but were unattractive and we felt not a fitting memorial to a sadly missed loved one.

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Family members would visit this garden stake to grieve and place flowers whilst waiting for the permanent grave marker which in some cases took over 12 months.

For many years we would walk past these new graves and think surely there is something better than a garden stake, somewhat similar to a tomato stake, to provide a mark for a dear friend lost?

Until the day came when we decided to venture into the manufacturing of these markers ourselves. With the valuable assistance of friends and local industry in Ballarat, we conceived, developed and designed a memorial plaque that is attractive and fitting for use at gravesides and other places that have special meaning.

The original plaques have evolved into the products they are today. We now provide markers for all types of situations and their use continues to grow in response to demand.

The staff includes myself Sally Kennedy, plus my sons Ethan and Zac, and daughter Sophie who are all learning valuable lessons in running a small business with their mother.

I must not forget our golden retriever Stella – without her this little business would never have been conceived.

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To ensure the life of your plaque is maximised, a simple and regular maintenance program should be implemented. And in terms of the environment, powder-coating is a safe choice for both the environment and the people who work with it.

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My family and I would like to thank you for creating our beautiful plaque for our Poppy who passed away last year at the age of 94.

The plaque will be placed at a very special space to us where we can remember him always with a tree we will plant.

Thank you for your kind service and lovely manner in which you helped us with creating our plaque it was very relaxed and with no pressure and we will be recommending you to all our friends and family.

Ellen Jones-Hayes

Thanks for the memorial plaque. It’s lovely. Very impressed with the prompt delivery.


We are very proud of the product and brand that Dearly Plaques & Memorials has become. Since her initial enquiries just a few short years ago, about a small idea for aluminium memorials, through to the many different products that Dearly now provide, it has always been a pleasure dealing with Sally. Whether it’s discussing where her next delivery of memorials are heading, or the new innovative products that she has developed, Sally and her family will always be welcome here.

Mat Keating

Thanks so much, our markers look fantastic and we can’t wait to get them installed into our cemetery.

Shannon Hassett

I received the memorial plaque and it’s perfect, thank you so very much.


Thank you so much, our plaques are beautiful and we are very happy with them.

Sue Lake

Thanks a lot, we all really liked it.


The interim plaque arrived and we are really happy with the final outcome. Thank you.


We placed the plaque on my grandfather’s grave on Saturday. Eleven family members attended with four of Simon’s direct descendants represented. They were all very pleased with the plaque. Thank you again for supplying a beautiful product and helping me fulfil a long-held desire to have Simon’s life acknowledged.


I wanted to say a huge thank you to Sally at Dearly Plaques & Memorials for arranging this beautiful plaque to place at my brother’s gravesite the day of his funeral. This was done in record time, with much compassion and empathy. This looks much nicer than an empty space or plastic stake whilst waiting to arrange a permanent plaque.

Angela Trainor

I cannot thank you enough, Sally. Your plaques are beautiful and very fitting. Thank you for getting it done and delivered so quickly. Words are not enough. Thank you.

Lucy Quartermaine

Thank you Sally, for the plaque to memorialise my beautiful Mother. It is great that friends and family visiting can easily locate the correct grave and we were able to place it so quickly. This has already helped visitors who weren’t able to be there on the day. Love your work.

Fiona Hurst

A big thank you to Sally Kennedy for getting this organised with so little stress. It was well-received, with lots of tears. xx

Vicki Sims

Thank you Sally for the awesome row markers. With all we have done there, it now makes the Kaniva and Lillimur Cemeteries a wonderful place to visit.

Suzann Holland
  • Customer Liaison Officer
  • Kaniva & Lillimur Cemetery Trust


Dearly Plaques & Memorials is proud to be partners with the following:

  • 1st Hampton Scout Group
  • Adelaide Cemeteries Authority
  • Albury City Council
  • Avenal Park Funeral Home
  • Avenue of Honour Project
  • Ballarat Avenue of Honour
  • Ballarat Cemeteries
  • Bega Valley Shire Council
  • Boroondara General Cemetery
  • Box Hill Cemetery
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Buchan Cemetery Trust
  • Bunbury Cemetery Board
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Buninyong Cemetery Trust
  • Central Coast Council
  • City of Geraldton
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • City of Salisbury
  • Coffs Harbour Crematorium
  • Committee for Ballarat
  • Creswick Cemetery Trust
  • Dawson's Funerals
  • District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
  • Eagars Funerals
  • Final Touch Australia
  • Eltham Cemetery Trust
  • Geelong Cemeteries Trust
  • Glenmorus Memorial Gardens & Crematorium Albury
  • Grace Funerals
  • Graham Family Funerals
  • Innvocare
  • John Oxley Funerals
  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cemetery Board
  • Kaniva & Lillimuir Cemetery Trust
  • Lake Macquarie Council
  • Lonergan & Ravens Funerals
  • Maldon Cemetery Trust
  • Manning Great Lakes Memorial Gardens
  • Mars Wrigley Australia (Ballarat)
  • Melbourne City Mission
  • Millingtons Cemeteries
  • Northern Beaches City Council
  • NSW Education
  • Nudgee Cemetery & Crematorium
  • Orange City Council
  • Palmdale Group Pty Ltd
  • Plumpton Public School
  • Port Macquarie - Hastings Council
  • Ravens Funerals
  • Redland City Council (Cemetery & Interment Services)
  • Remembrance Parks Central Victoria
  • Rookwood General Cemetery Reserve Trust
  • Rye Cemetery & Memorial Gardens
  • Shire of Coorow
  • Shire of Murray
  • Shire of Wyndham
  • Shoalhaven City Council
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • Smythesdale Cemetery Trust
  • St Arnaud Cemetery
  • St Georges Cemetery Trust
  • Tablelands Regional Council
  • The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
  • The Hills Shire Council
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Tower Hill Cemetery
  • Townsville City Council
  • Yankalilla Shire Council - Cemetery
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