Choosing the right cemetery

Choosing the right cemetery is an extremely important decision as this determines where family, friends and future generations are able to remember and honour a life.

People choose cemeteries for a variety of reasons, including tradition, family connections, proximity to home or because a certain cemetery is characterised by history, prestige, tranquillity or sheer physical beauty.

We recommend that this crucial decision is one that key family members make together.

The historically significant Melbourne General Cemetery

Established in 1852, the prestigious and historic Melbourne General Cemetery is administered and cared for by the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT), which is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, committed to serving the needs of our communities.

SMCT also cares for Bunurong and Cheltenham Memorial Parks, Brighton General, Cheltenham Pioneer, Dandenong Community, Springvale Botanical and St Kilda cemeteries.

All cemeteries cared for by SMCT are beautiful, tranquil and distinctive destinations to honour and celebrate life.

Melbourne General is one of Australia’s most significant cemeteries, characterised by it’s rich history, notable interments, heritage listed Gate House, Prime Minister’s Garden and the magnificent Saint Mary of the Cross mausoleum.

You are welcome to enjoy our grounds at any time or, if you would like to arrange a tour, please contact us.

Embracing all religions and cultures

Melbourne General Cemetery is also culturally rich, embracing all religions and cultures.

Our experienced Client Services Consultants are trained to meet the needs of various faiths and we respect and understand that certain traditions and rituals must be honoured.

Chapels, function facilities and crematorium

Although Melbourne General Cemetery does not have an onsite chapel or function facilities, if you would like to have a funeral service within our grounds, we are able to accommodate your requests by erecting a marquee, given appropriate notice.

Springvale Botanical Cemetery and Bunurong Memorial Park, which are also administered by the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, provide the full spectrum of cemetery services, including a crematorium, chapels and on-site function rooms, with catering.

So, if you choose a burial or cremation memorial within Melbourne General Cemetery, we can always assist you by coordinating additional services with Springvale Botanical Cemetery or Bunurong Memorial Park.

For more information on chapels, services, functions and facilities, please see Springvale Botanical Cemetery and Bunurong Memorial Park.

Melbourne General family connections

As Melbourne General Cemetery, was established in 1852, many families have an existing and ongoing connection and choose our cemetery for this reason.

Many families have a strong desire to keep family members together.

An easily accessible location

Positioned in the heart of Carlton and less than 5km from the City of Melbourne, Melbourne General Cemetery is the most centrally located of all Melbourne cemeteries.

Other cemetery locations

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust administers and cares for seven other cemeteries and memorial parks. All are not-for-profit, community-based cemeteries. You may like to consider these, according to your family connections, their proximity to you or for their historic, religious, cultural or aesthetic appeal.

For more information regarding the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, please click here.

Brighton General Cemetery

Established in 1854 – 12 hectares (30 acres).

A most historic and significant cemetery in the heart of Brighton. The prestigious final resting place of eminent Victorians.

Currently available: Graves, which include the exclusive Red Brick Lawn Grave area, mausoleum crypts and cremation memorials.

Bunurong Memorial Park

Established in 1995 – 120 hectares (300 acres).

Contemporary and distinctively Australian, this progressive memorial park is beautifully landscaped with an abundance of lakes and calming water features.

Currently available: Extensive mausoleum, grave and cremation memorial opportunities.

Cheltenham Memorial Park

Established in 1933 – 20 hectares (50 acres).

A distinctive, community focused Bayside cemetery, characterised by stately palms and shaded pavilions.

Currently available: Graves, cremation memorials and mausoleum opportunities.

Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery

Established in 1865 – 3 hectares (5 acres).

An intimate and historic pioneer cemetery characterised by towering trees and closeness to the community.

Currently available: Graves and cremation memorial opportunities.

Dandenong Community Cemetery

Established in 1857 – 4 hectares (11 acres).

The final resting place of the district’s pioneers, this peaceful, rustic cemetery serves the local community with affordable opportunities.

Currently available: Graves and cremation memorial opportunities.

Springvale Botanical Cemetery

Established in 1901 – 169 hectares (422 acres). Australia’s world-class botanical cemetery.

Magnificent, diverse, historically and culturally rich.

Currently available: Extensive grave and cremation memorials.

St Kilda Cemetery

Established in 1855 – 7 hectares (18 acres).

Prominently located and steeped in history, this intimate and tranquil cemetery features iconic memorials in a garden oasis setting.

Currently available: Cremation memorials and limited grave opportunities.