Welcome to the Boroondara General Cemetery, commonly known as the Kew Cemetery. Only 8 kilometres east of Melbourne's CBD, Kew Cemetery was designed in the tradition of the Victorian garden cemetery. Kew Cemetery is celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2019. It 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.
Easter 2019 opening hours: The cemetery will be open every day over Easter between 8a.m. and 5p.m., and car access will be available at the main entrance. As usual, the office will be closed on public holidays and weekends.
160th anniversary of first burial: Ellen Quick was buried at the Kew Cemetery on the evening of 12 March 1859, one hundred and sixty years ago. Ellen was born Ellen Derrick in Gloucestershire in 1823 and migrated to Australia with John Quick - her husband of only eight days - in 1848. After settling in Kew, and having four small children, Ellen died of tuberculosis at only 36 and became the first person to be buried at the Kew cemetery, close to her family's properties.Ellen's family were early pioneers of Kew. Ellen's brothers had followed her to Australia only a few years after Ellen's arrival. They were so successful on the goldfields that they were able to buy a huge triangular piece of land bounded by High Street and Cotham Road, and stretching from the Kew war memorial near the junction almost to the Kew cemetery.
Ellen's maiden name, Derrick, is remembered in the name of the first street to the east of the war memorial joining Cotham Road and High Street, but Ellen's grave was unmarked until the Kew Historical Society in its early years held an exhibition and raised funds to pay for a plaque for her grave. Ellen will be remembered during 2019 during the events being held to commemorate the anniversary of the cemetery's establishment.Springthorpe family: The trust is investigating the condition of the Springthorpe memorial within the cemetery, and would like to be in contact with descendants of Dr J.W. Springthorpe who erected the memorial in memory of his late wife Annie. Descendants or heirs of Dr Springthorpe are invited to contact our manager Lea Ram on (03) 9853 7028.
Reclaimed gravesite pricing: The cemetery, following unsuccessful attempts to locate the owners of unused graves at the cemetery, is reviewing pricing for these reclaimed graves. Please see the notice on our notices page.
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 May, 2019 and Wednesday 15 May, 2019 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.