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.
NewsWilliam Phillips: This week marks the 150th anniversary of the death in June 1868 at Richmond of Mr William Phillips, for many years superintendent of the "experimental" gardens of the Horticultural Society of Victoria at Richmond, now better known as the Burnley Gardens. Mr Phillips' death was felt keenly by the committee of the Horticultural Society, as one who had "long and zealously" been engaged in the cause of horticulture in the colony of Victoria. It was the sad lot of Mr Phillips, like many gardeners, not to live to see the full grown magnificence of his works. The Burnley Gardens were added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2003, with special mention of seven trees, which perhaps were tended as young saplings by Mr Phillips in the 1860s.
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 20 June, 2018 and Saturday 7 July, 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.
Gate access on working bee Saturdays: On working bee Saturdays the gate for car access will be open at the main entrance to the cemetery at the corner of High Street and Parkhill Road.
Springthorpe memorial: For a public notice about recent damage sustained to the Springthorpe memorial, click here.