Mr John Henry Joyce, first Kew Cemetery Manager and Secretary: This month marks the 130th anniversary of the burial at Kew cemetery on 6 March, 1888 of Mr John Henry Joyce, aged 62, who served for 23 years from 1862 until 1885 as the first Secretary and Manager of the cemetery.
Springthorpe memorial: During some extremes of weather in late January 2018, the Springthorpe memorial sustained some damage, due to fast and extreme temperature changes having an adverse impact on the marble.
The Boroondara Cemetery Trust’s primary responsibility, under the Act which governs the operations of cemeteries, is to see to the perpetual maintenance of the entire cemetery, so it is unable to expend its own funds on the repair or maintenance of substantial private memorials such as the Springthorpe memorial. The Trust is however actively investigating the condition of the memorial, seeking an expert review of its condition, and options for restoration of the memorial in the event that external funding can be obtained. The Trust has approached a number of suitably qualified parties in this matter, and has engaged with Heritage Victoria regarding this important memorial.
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 March 2018 and Saturday 7 April 2018 from 10:00 am until around 3:00 pm if the weather is favourable.
Welcome to the Boroondara General Cemetery, commonly known as the Kew Cemetery. As one of the oldest cemeteries in Victoria there have been more than 80,000 burials.
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.