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.
NewsErnest Wood: This month marks the time when an annual pilgrimage was made by the St Paul’s Old Choir Boys’ Association to the grave of Ernest Wood, the first organist and choir director of the St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Choir. Mr Wood died on 9 May 1914, and for at least 20 years after his death an annual pilgrimage was made by the St Paul’s Old Choir Boys’ Association to his grave at the Kew Cemetery. Ian Burk’s 2015 book “Ernest Wood and the foundation of the musical tradition at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne” pays tribute to Ernest Wood’s contribution to the establishment of the English cathedral choir tradition in Melbourne.
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 May 16, 2018 and Saturday 2 June, 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.