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

Dirt Grave Soldiers

Written by lois. Posted in General

World War I Soldiers buried in unmarked graves

 A number of WWI soldiers lie in unmarked graves in the Brighton General Cemetery.

As part of A War Graves Working Group Heritage & Commemoration Committee Returned & Services League of Australia [Victoria Branch] Inc and the Brighton Cemetorians have been locating these unmarked graves and submitting their names to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who have so far approved the erection of plaques on the graves of 25 of these soldiers, more are in the process of being processed/accepted.

Many of these soldiers were injured or became ill while on overseas service. They were returned to Australia with many spending time in Melbourne’s military hospitals before being laid to rest in Brighton Cemetery.

Updated List of Soldiers:

25969 Gunner Herbert Bradshaw – born 1872 in Manchester – son of John Bradshaw & Emily Hall

55441 Cpl Arthur John Chitts – known as Arthur Rogerson born 1887 at Northcote – s0n of William Alfred Chitts & Rachel Rogerson.

6489 Pte Sydney Thomas Clark born 1898 in Drouin son of Benjamin Clark & Theresa Jane Nicholls.

6621 Pte Harold Victor Cooper born 1895 in Chiltern – son of Henry Edward Cooper & Sara Ann Yourn. Married Myrtle Maud Bishop.

4758 Pte Hugh Muir Couper born 1875 Melbourne – s0n 0f James Couper & Mary Lockhart Robertson. Married Carol Warick nee Box.

61987 Pte James Ham Ferne born 1862 London England – son of James Ham Ferne& Amelia Hayes.

11732 Driver Frank Carlisle Fitts  born 1889 Flemington son of Arthur Fitts & Alicia McGlinn.

17456 Sapper Harry Ford  born c1875 Nottingham England – son of Frederick Tomas Ford & Annie Margaret Butler.

67533 Pte Edward Joseph Parnell Griffin born c1890 Crowlands – son of Michael Griffin & Hanora O’Halloran.

4505 Pte John/James Hance – born 1871 Gawler SA – son of Samuel Hance & Catherine Casey.

14054 Sapper Bernard Hinde  born1873 Leicester England – son of William Henry & Margaret Hinde.

6040 Pte Jack Alexander Johnson born 1899 Geelong – son of William Johnson & Alice Hannah McDonald

2228 George Robert Kidd born 1879 West Melbourne – son of John Kidd & Sarah Finch.

3390 Pte Frederick Charles Kimpton born c1864 Castlemaine – son of Edmund Kimpton & Jane Combe. Married Margaret McLennan.

6287 Pte Harold Arthur King born 1899 Penshurst – son of Joseph William King & Ellen Clark. Married Clara Elizabeth  Bird.

5404 Pte Robert Lever born c1869 Limerick Ireland – parents un known.

404 Driver Joseph James Mair born 1886 Stornoway Scotland – son of James Mair & Margaret Murray.

19562 Cpl Henry Millard born 1891 Hotham West – son of William Millard & Mary Ann Upfil.

4567 Sgt Barney O’Farrell born 1883 Ballarat – son of Michael O’Farrell & Edith Peevor.

2951 Lieut Clarence Henry Osborne born 1894 Port Melbourne – son of William Henry Osborne & Rose Henrietta Howre.

1165 Pte Alfred Pearce born 1880 Mortlake – son of Alfred Pearce & Catherine Agnes Lucas.

3918 Pte Hugh Scullion  Born c1879 Ballymena Ireland – son of Hugh & Maria Kennedy. Married Amelia Kennedy.

38 Sgt Alfred Shaw born c 1871 Charters Towers Qld – parents unknown.

1448 Pte John Sloan born 1890 Hamilton – son of William Sloan & Sara Lindsay.

2243 Pte Henry Warrener born 1882 Latrobe Tasmania – son of John Alexander Warrener & Carol Jane Wigmore,.

The Brighton Cemetorians are searching for living descendants of these soldiers so that more information can be found about the soldier as well to attend a commemoration service at the Cemetery in April this year

Details for some of their family histories have been published in the April 2013 issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine. (a PDF copy is attached for further information).

Do you have a service person buried at the Cemetery? If so please contact us [9558 4248] to let us know.

Book Launch

Written by lois. Posted in Events

The Hon Louise Asher MP launched our book – Visionary Lives: five hundred biographies from the Brighton General Cemetery at  the  Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre – Brighton Town Hall on Friday 22nd March 2013.

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.


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