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.
NewsCemetery tour - Good sports: Learn about Victoria’s sports history by joining the Friends of Kew Boroondara Cemetery’s next guided tour at 2pm on Sunday 21 October 2018. Themes will include golf, football and racing. 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. Archibald Gilchrist M.A., LL.B.: It is one hundred and forty years since Archibald Gilchrist died on 21 October 1878. Aged only forty, he had been Inspector General of Education in Victoria for a number of years. His contribution to Victorian education was significant. From the middle of the nineteenth century, almost all schools in Australia relied upon the Irish National Readers produced in the middle decades of the nineteenth century for use in Irish schools. In the 1870s, Archibald Gilchrist adapted these readers for the Australian market to include articles on Australian subjects. He also travelled to the United States to study its education system and gain ideas for improvements to the Victorian system. His work was not without controversy. He outraged the community of Miners Rest (near Ballarat) when he disqualified a male head teacher following a dispute between that teacher and a female pupil teacher. The community considered that Gilchrist had prejudged the matter against the male teacher and cast a stain upon his moral character. In obituaries however, he was praised for his enthusiasm, intelligence and energy. Following his untimely early death from a serious illness, his colleagues showed their high regard for him by erecting the memorial that now stands at the Kew cemetery.
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 3 November, 2018 and Wednesday 21 November, 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.