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.
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  • Stormy Day at the Cemetery - 14 June 2014

  • Funeral Procession to mark the 100th Anniversary of the death of Sir Thomas Bent - 17th September 2009
  • Funeral Procession to mark the 100th Anniversary of the death of Sir Thomas Bent - 17th September 2009
  • Firing Party - Joe Dianico, James Battern, Neville Scuttlebury & John Underwood of the Historical Re-enactment Society of Australia at the William Robertson plaque unveiling - 1st April 2007
  • From the outside looking in - October 2013
  • Early Morning at the Cemetery

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


7 Brighton Boys

Written by lois. Posted in General


Seated last on right is Joseph Henry Piggott who was living in Brighton before enlisting.

JoJoseph Henry Piggott is seated last on right - can you put a name to the other 6 faces.

Photo taken Tuesday 29th May 1917 at Shipton,England

Joseph Henry Piggott was born about 1885 in Derby England, the son of Henry Piggott and his wife Mary née Sankey.  He married Ethel Helena Hewitt in 1913, their daughter Cynthia Delores was born in January 1916 and just over 8 months later Joseph enlisted and as part of the Auxiliary Mechanical Transport Company 1 Section 3 he embarked from Melbourneaboard HMAT A34 Persic on 22 December 1916. He returned to Australia on 22 December 1919. He died 22nd June 1924 and was buried in an unmarked grave at the Brighton Cemetery.

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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