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. 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.
NewsMaude Deasey: Fifty years ago in September 1968 Maude Kathleen Deasey was buried at the Kew cemetery. This remarkable woman from Melbourne was educated at Cambridge University before becoming for a time the Lady Superintendent of Methodist Ladies College in Kew. Later she became an officer of the women’s army and as Major Deasey she established its structure. In 1942 she supervised the enlistment and training of more than five thousand recruits. Using her knowledge of the service in the post war years, she wrote a history of the service. Her work did not end there. In the late 1940s she helped migrant families who had no friends or relations in Australia, and assisted the Department of Immigration with their placement. She died at only 59 in Prahran. The Friends of Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery Trust’s 2006 book “Leaving their Mark” (available for purchase at the cemetery office) contains more information about Maude Deasey’s achievements. CCAV 2018 Innovation prize: Boroondara General Cemetery was awarded the Innovation Prize at the August 2018 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.
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 6 October, 2018 and Wednesday 17 October, 2018 and 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.