Forest Lawn was established in 1962 as Memorial Gardens Pty Ltd on former dairy farm property adjacent to the Hume Highway at Leppington.
It was initially operated from an office in Parramatta until the main building and crematorium was completed in 1968.
The first burial took place on 29 December 1964 and the first cremation took place on 21 August 1968.
The business changed hands numerous times over the next two decades and in 1988 Pinegrove took over the ownership of the business. The Pinegrove group was subsequently acquired by Service Corporation International in 1993. Forest Lawn continued operating as a part of Service Corporation International Australia until July 2004. It then became part of InvoCare Australia Pty Limited, an Australian public company which listed on the Australian stock exchange in October 2004.
Since 1962, Forest Lawn Memorial Park has been developing its grounds into beautiful memorial gardens and undulating hills of lawn burials.
Responding to the growing cultural diversity of the local community, Forest Lawn Memorial Park has established four crypt complexes with a fifth completed in late 2012; an expanding monumental section around one of our water features, and the availability of various family rockery estates and gardens for burial.
In June 1999 new chapel facilities were opened and incorporated a florist and tea room to service the growing needs of families.
To date there have been over 30,000 cremation services and 11, 500 burial services conducted at Forest Lawn.
Over the years many thousands of families have also purchased memorial reservations at Forest Lawn planning ahead for the benefits of their surviving family members. Forest Lawn Memorial Park has room to accommodate the anticipated need for burials and cremations for many decades to come.