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.
Mr James Graham: This week marks the centenary of the burial in April 1918 at the Kew Cemetery of James Graham, an actuary with a Melbourne insurance company. At the time of his death four of his children were at the war – two sons in the Australian Light Horse, one son interned in Germany and a daughter working as a military nurse in England. He was said to have worked unselfishly and ardently for the welfare of returned soldiers and, although appointed to a newly established State Repatriation Board, his death occurred before its first meeting.
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 April 18, 2018 and Saturday 5 May, 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. Vehicle access will be provided and 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.
Springthorpe memorial: For a public notice about recent damage sustained to the Springthorpe memorial, click here.