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.
Della Fox Still: Aged only 34, Della Fox Still died one hundred years ago and is buried at the Kew cemetery with her sister and brother in law. Born in Creswick, Della was one of eight children of Sudell Fox Still, a baker, and his wife Emma. Emma had been one of the 2000 or so signatories in the Ballarat area to the 1891 Women's Suffrage Petition, and lived long enough to see women given the vote in Victoria in 1908. Della died only seven years after her mother, enjoying the vote for only a few years longer. She died at the Queen Victoria Hospital, described as "a patient sufferer at rest".
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.
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 Wednesday 15 May, 2019 and Saturday 1 June, 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.