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.
NewsJoseph Bosisto: This month marks the one hundred and twentieth anniversary of the death of Joseph Bosisto (1824 - 1898), a man most well known for creating in 1852 a product that still graces many Australian homes: Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil.
However, Bosisto's contributions to early Melbourne were considerably more than this. He set up multiple distilleries for the production of eucalyptus oil, he was one of the founders of the Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria, he became mayor of Richmond, he was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly and his achievements in Australia were recognised by the Queen when he was awarded the title of Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George ("CMG"). Bosisto Street, off Highett Street, in Richmond is named in his honour. Bosisto is buried at the Kew Cemetery with his wife Eliza, who predeceased him.
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 21 November, 2018 and Saturday 1 December, 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.