Welcome to the Boroondara General Cemetery, commonly known as the Kew Cemetery. Only 8 kilometres east of Melbourne's CBD, Kew Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Victoria, with more than 80,000 burials to date.
Currently, garden crypts are available for burial, and niches for the interment of cremated remains. These are held in perpetuity. More information about memorialisation can be found by clicking here.
Mrs Frances Henty: Just over one hundred and twenty years ago in early July 1898 Mrs Frances Henty was buried in the Henty grave at the Kew cemetery. Little is known about Mrs Henty, so she was in many ways defined by her family relationships. She was the daughter of Sir Francis Murphy, an early speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, and the wife of Herbert Henty of the prominent grazing and business family. Both families made major contributions to Victoria’s development. Sir Francis Murphy was speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for fifteen years, participated in the Commission of Enquiry into the sufferings and death of Burke and Wills, and joined the commission that decided on the location of the capital of New Zealand. The Henty family’s achievements included being the first graziers to bring merino sheep to Victoria.
Few people have the distinction of having the same name as a sailing ship. The clipper “Frances Henty”, named after her husband's grandmother, sailed between London and Victoria for many years carrying passengers, gold and wool. Its movements were regularly reported in the Australian and London newspapers.
Mr and Mrs Henty lived in Kew where Mr Henty served on Council and became mayor. Mrs Henty died in 1898 at the age of 58, not long after they moved to a family property in Deniliquin, NSW.
Working bees: The Friends of Boroondara Kew Cemetery arrange regular working bees at the cemetery. These are held on the 1st Saturday of each month and the third Wednesday of each month. The next working bees will be on Saturday 4 August, 2018 and Wednesday 15 August, 2018 from 10:00 am until around 3:00 pm if the weather is favourable. We invite anyone who is interested to join an enthusiastic team. Volunteers are welcome to join for as little or long as they please.
The location of the working bee within the 12 hectares of the cemetery will be marked with pink flags. You will find the working group if you follow the pink flags. All you need to bring is yourself, some gloves, a pair of secateurs and to wear sensible shoes. No special skills are required. If you are planning to stay you should bring your own lunch. The main gate will be open for vehicle access.
Springthorpe memorial: For a public notice about recent damage sustained to the Springthorpe memorial, click here.