Open House Melbourne 2017
Melbourne General Cemetery is the final repose of many famous identities, including Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies, ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills, Judge Sir Redmond Barry and Federici, the famous ghost of the Princess Theatre.
Open House Melbourne is a free event, providing access to the city's most significant buildings.
Address: College Crescent Parkville
- Saturday 29 July 10.00am - 4.00pm
- Sunday 30 July 10.00am - 4.00pm
What's Open: Most spaces of the historic Gate Lodge are open, including the boardroom and rear room on the ground floor and the entire second floor.
Frequency Of Tours:
Guided tours (both days): 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
Building Type: Religious Building - Cemetery
Year Built: Cemetery opened 1853, Gate Lodge built 1934-1935
Architect: John Gawler (Gate Lodge), Harmer Architecture Pty.Ltd. (St Mary of the Cross Mausoleum)
- Routes 1, 8; Stop 114: Princess St & Lygon St
- Route 19; Gatehouse St/College Crescent & Royal Pde
- Limited mobility access
- Pram accessible
- Photography restrictions
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About the Gate Lodge
The historic bluestone gothic style Gate Lodge, now an administration building, was rebuilt on its present site in 1934-35. It was made from materials of two demolished entrance lodges, which were built in the 1850s. John Gawler was the architect of the reconstructed Gate Lodge located inside the front entrance on College Crescent. It is the only remaining Gate Lodge in the cemetery. It was used as an office as well as a residence for the cemetery manager.
In 1850, an Act of the New South Wales Parliament was passed establishing the current Melbourne General Cemetery. Like most other cemeteries, it was divided into denominational areas.
However, instead of standard grid styles, Melbourne General Cemetery followed the lead of the Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. It was designed to feature curving roads and pathways, pavilions and landscaped gardens where people could find tranquillity and peace.