Keeping our community safe while preserving our legacy
St Kilda Cemetery has been a landmark icon in our community since it first opened its gates in June 1855. As one of Melbourne’s oldest suburban cemeteries it is the resting place of many notable Australians, and it is visited daily by those wishing to appreciate its rich history and visit loved ones alike.
It is our great privilege to be entrusted with the care and preservation of this historic site, to ensure that our current community as well as future generations can continue to have a safe and enjoyable experience while visiting. As part of this commitment, we are undertaking restoration works to the perimeter fence of the cemetery, which has seen the wear and tear of its 160-year history.
Taking proactive action in this restoration, ensures the safety of pedestrians and visitors while preserving the legacy of St Kilda Cemetery.
A heritage-listed site
As a heritage-listed site, the process of restoration is a complex one and takes into account the historical nature of the site while placing the safety and wellbeing of our community at its core. The project is also made more complex by the impacts of our COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in restrictions to work and construction over the last 12 months.
The initial stages of the restoration project commenced in February 2020, with Phase One (Alexandra Street) completed in April 2021. Phase two, restoration of the fence along Hotham Street, is anticipated to commence late 2021.
We expect that the project will take two years to complete, with estimated completion in March 2023. During this time, we will call on the patience and understanding of the surrounding community, as they navigate through minor disruptions during construction.
While this project is underway, we expect that there will be some intermittent disruption to cemetery visits, local parking and surrounding roads. We also expect some noise and increased activity, as our construction teams undertake works.
We assure our community, that these temporary disruptions are a necessary step in providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all local residents. Please continue to visit this site for updates and visit the Public Transport Victoria website for public transport route changes.
Visiting loved ones during the restoration project
We welcome our community to continue to visit their loved ones during the project period, noting that there will be additional safety precautions in place.
If you would like to visit a grave or memorial that is in close proximity to the fence restoration work, we ask that you please contact our Customer Care team on (03) 9349 3014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange special access for your visit.
Thank you for your patience
Thank you for your understanding and support as we preserve this site to keep our community safe and ensure that future generations can reflect, honour and celebrate their loved ones.
If you have any questions about the project, or about visiting St Kilda Cemetery contact our Customer Care team on (03) 9349-3014, or email email@example.com.