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.
NewsCemetery tour - Murder, Mayhem and Mishaps: Inspired by the recent release of Brian Williams' book about Martha Needle, whose victims are buried at the Kew cemetery, the Friends of Kew Boroondara Cemetery’s next guided tour will be at 2pm on Sunday 19 August 2018. Tours are $10, or free for members. Places are limited, so bookings are essential. For further details call Pauline on 0417 278 950 and leave a message or email email@example.com. CCAV 2018 Innovation prize: Boroondara General Cemetery was awarded the Innovation Prize at this week's Annual General Meeting of the Cemeteries & Crematoria Association of Victoria for its joint project with the Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre for restoration of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd memorial garden at the cemetery. We congratulate our gardener Rachel Stephenson, and the Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre and its volunteers for their vision and their enthusiastic contributions in bringing more colour and sustainability to our cemetery gardens. The cemetery was also nominated for an award for its successful ongoing working bee project.
Edmund Duggan: This week marks 80 years since Edmund Duggan, a prominent Melbourne thespian, was buried at the Kew cemetery. Edmund was born in Ireland and came to Australia with his parents while still a child. He had a great love of Shakespeare and while in his thirties founded his own theatrical touring company. His play “The Squatter’s Daughter” was not only a roaring success, but a performance of it by the entire cast was even filmed in 1910. He also revived Steele Rudd’s popular “On our selection”. The Friends of Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery Trust’s 2006 book “Leaving their Mark” (available for purchase at the cemetery office) contains more information about Edmund and his contribution to Australian and New Zealand theatre.
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 1 September, 2018 and Wednesday 19 September, 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.