Brighton Cemetorians

The Brighton Cemetorians are a not-for-profit community group working actively with
Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, the administrators of Brighton General Cemetery.


Written by lois. Posted in Events

July 1st – 2pm – Glen Eira Story Telling Festival Walk     “Let us Entertain You” Walk

Walk begins at front gate

As part of the Glen Eira Story Telling Festival we will be visiting a few of the many who were once household names in the entertainment industry – Austral Wilson better known as Strella Wilson the opera singer; Bob Horsfall who appeared regularly on the radio, was part of the Tunetwisters and stared in Blue Heelers, Division 4 as well as other TV shows; Victor Prince who was an actor, comedian, troupe proprietor and Jack O’Hagan Singer/Songwriter best remembered for Along the road to Gundagai.

Bookings are only through Trybookings –

for more details phone 9558 4248

Brighton General Cemetery 160th Commemoration – Open Day

Written by lois. Posted in Events

Celebrating 160 years since the first burial at the Brighton General Cemetery with an open day

on  18th October 2015 from 10am – 4pm

Twenty Nine acres on a red gum flat was reserved in 1853, in December 1854 the first trustees were appointed making it the oldest continuous Cemetery Trust in Melbourne until amalgamation in 2007. Since the first recorded burial of baby Johanna Manson on 14 October 1855 more than 72,000 interments have taken place. For almost a Century the Cemetery was the largest in south – east Melbourne.

Celebrations include:-

  • At 11.15am Horse drawn hearse walking tour
  • 1pm:- there will be plaque unveilings for Col Duncan McLeish CMG CBE VD & John Lamont Dow, the reading of a poem choir and singing of ANZAC songs by students from the Gardenvale Primary  School.

 During the day:-

  • Self Guided walks
  • Art work of students of Gardenvale Primary School will be on display featuring their interpretations of Frederick MCubbin, Arthur Boyd & Francis [Tom] Carrington.

The Brighton & Glen Eira Historical Societies, Brighton Cemetorians & Box Cottage will have –

  • Displays of clothing, undertakers / funeral directors, local monumental masons / obituaries, memorabilia, etc.
  • Symbolism of trees and plants in the cemetery
  • The role of the Caulfield Hospital and its connection to the Brighton General Cemetery.
  • Time line of cemetery
  • Sale of books & cards


 Help with locating grave locations [limited to 2 names, large number of names / locations may be emailed to prior to the open day for collection on day].

Please feel free to come in period dress.

 For more information—Lois – 9558 4248 or


31stJuly 1863

Secretary reported cattle had accident with headstone and were removed from the Cemetery.

11thJuly 1884

Secretary authorised to construct water closet on premises to be opened only during funerals.

11thNovember 1913

Recommendation by surveyor that iron gates, similar to those at North Road, be installed at Hawthorn Road.


  • Brighton General Cemetery
    Cnr. North and Hawthorn Roads


Opening Hours

Grounds 8am-6pm

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