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. Kew Cemetery is celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2019. 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.
Kew Festival events: As part of our 160th anniversary celebrations, we will be hosting a number of events during the year. These events will kick off with a presentation and tours at the cemetery on Saturday 16 March 2019 as part of the Kew festival. You are welcome to attend the presentation, commencing at 11am, to learn about the changes which have taken place at the cemetery in recent years, and our plans for the future. There will also be some tours of the garden, the cemetery offices and the cemetery. Bookings are essential. For further details and booking, please call the cemetery on 9853 7025.
Ned Kelly tour: On Wednesday 13 March 2019, as part of the Kew Festival, the Friends of Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery will be running their most popular tour Ned Kelly – Hero or Villain between 10am and midday. From Ned’s first brush with the law to the witnesses at his execution – a broad cross-section of the community is represented on this tour. Hear about some of those whose lives became linked with Ned’s. Tickets are $10. Bookings are essential on 0417 278 950 or email@example.com.
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 March, 2019 and Saturday 6 April, 2019 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.