The Dearly Plaques and Memorial 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. 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 me, Sally Kennedy, 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 the golden retriever Stella, without her this little business would never have been conceived.
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