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Melbourne General Cemetery

Location

College Crescent, Parkville,
Victoria. 3052

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8am to 6pm
Office Times:
9am to 4pm (Mon-Fri, Closed Public Holidays)

The Final Resting Place of Many Notable Victorian's

Established in 1852, Melbourne General Cemetery was the first Victorian cemetery to be designed like a large public park. Today, it continues this tradition, offering visitors a place of reflection in the heart of Carlton. Within the heritage listed GateHouse, there are 43 hectares (106 acres) of manicured gardens, providing seasonal colour against a Melbourne city backdrop.

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The landscaped gardens create a private place of reflection year-round, thanks to a skilled team who work tirelessly to create a place of beauty and solace. To honour the promise and commemoration over many generations, Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) cares for the daily operations of Melbourne General Cemetery, reporting directly to the Victorian Minister for Health. SMCT is committed to supporting the community in honouring and celebrating their loved one as they choose.

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Our Services

We understand that everyone has the right to honour life the way they choose. We offer a culturally diverse range of burial, mausoleum and cremation memorial options to help families observe traditions and ceremonies important to them.

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Melbourne General Cemetery

Our customer care team are available to arrange a tour of our gardens and discuss options that may be appropriate to your wishes. We understand that everyone's grief journey is unique. Our customer care team can support you with advice anchored in care and at a pace sympathetic to your needs.


We can also assist with the searching of records, to help locate and reunite family memorials. For convenience, an online records service is available for some locations. Please contact us if you require any assistance.

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Memories Are Forever

We understand memories are forever and Melbourne General Cemetery is a quiet setting that provides a safe place for generations to remember those that are important to them. We are committed to the future sustainability of our gardens and continually seek new innovative ways to reduce our impact while honouring the changing needs of our diverse community.

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If you would like any more information or to arrange a tour of Melbourne General Cemetery, please contact one of our Customer Care team members.

Melbourne General Cemetery History

The historically significant Melbourne General Cemetery was established in 1853 with the burial of John Burnett. Characterised by its central location, notable interments and Prime Ministers' Garden, Melbourne General Cemetery is a popular destination for many of the cities visitors.

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Melbourne General Cemetery History