Boroondara General Cemetery, or Kew Cemetery, was established in 1858 on a 13 hectare site bounded by High Street, Parkhill Road and Victoria Park, Kew. Since then there have been more than 80,000 burials at the cemetery.
Boroondara Cemetery has been described by the Heritage Council of Victoria as “an outstanding example of the Victorian Garden Cemetery movement". With its curving paths, park-like setting, and rotunda the cemetery contains significant heritage buildings recognised by the Victorian Heritage Council and the National Trust. Foremost among them are the Springthorpe Memorial ( once described as “unquestionably the finest thing in the Southern Hemisphere”), the Syme Memorial and the Cussen Memorial.
The cemetery’s garden was designed by architect and designer Albert Purchas and landscape designer William Guilfoyle, and features mature plantings, extensive rose gardens and many rare specimens of trees.
Buried within the cemetery’s grounds are many of Melbourne’s leading historical figures, such as artist Louis Buvelot, publisher David Syme, artist and diarist Georgiana McCrae, High Court judge Sir Owen Dixon, Victoria’s first police woman Madge Connor, and businessman John Wren.
The most recent architectural addition to the cemetery is the Peace Haven Mausoleum, designed by one of North America’s foremost mausoleum companies and constructed in 2001 from the very best of local materials.
Although no burial plots are available in the Peace Haven Mausoleum or in the historic grave areas, garden crypts are still available for above ground burial, and there are still many options available for the interment of cremated remains in the Peace Haven Mausoleum, the lawn or the rose and azalea gardens.
A not for profit cemetery
Boroondara General Cemetery is a private “not for profit” enterprise. Although our Board of Trustees is appointed by government, we do not receive funding or services provided by government. Revenue received from funeral services and the sales of graves and niches is used for the staffing and maintenance of the cemetery. We are grateful to the many community volunteers who assist us.
The cemetery is managed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor in Council for five year terms. The eight current Board members [show members] come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and offer their services to the cemetery as volunteers.
The Trust is pleased to share its strategic direction with the community.
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