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

March 18th at 2pm.  Meet at the Front Gate

On this guided tour we meet the people who left their land of birth and in many cases leaving behind their family to travel to the other side of the world. With sheer determination they made a new life in a strange new world.

** please note we have moved this walk from the 11th as that is a long weekend.

Cost $15 per person – Members $10 per person

Bookings Essential – ring Lois (558 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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