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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  • 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

Sister Leah Rosenthal QAIMNSR, MM, ARRC

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A plaque unveiling was held for Sister Leah Rosenthal QAIMNSR, MM, ARRC was held on Sunday 16th May 2021, everyone enjoyed a cuppa before we walked to where Leah lies resting.

Our President, Malcolm Gray welcomed everyone. Jane Annois spoke about her Great Great Aunt where we reflected on her bravery and extraordinary work that she did in the first World War and at Vimy House.

Jane together with her sister Kathy and brother Richard unveiled Leah’s plaque.

Leah was born in 1879 to Joseph Rosenthal and his wife Martha née Avinski. She graduated as a nurse at the Alfred Hospital in 1904 and continued  her nursing  career there until 1910 when she & Belle Jobson took over the running of Windarra Private Hospital in Toorak. Leah in her fourth year of active service with the Army at Flanders was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal. On more than  one occasion she had been recommended for honours by her commanding Officer and matron for heroic conduct at casualty stations under shell fire. Leah was attached to the first casualty station and travelled around France where she saw many atrocities. When Leah returned to Australia she and her friend Belle bought an existing Private Hospital in Queens Road, overlooking Albert Park Lake, which they named Vimy House. And ran for 10 years until her death on 4 October 1930 and was buried with her sister Fanny – Jewish H Graves 86 & 87

Wiliam BRAHE plaque unveiling – 8th May 2021

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Born – 16 January 1835 – Paderborn, Germany
Died – 16 September 1912 – Elwood

Gold prospector, drover, farmer and one of the last surviving members of the Burke and Wills Expedition to die.

When Burke set out from Cooper’s Creek with a bare 3 months supplies on his ‘dash’ to the Gulf of Carpentaria, he left William in charge of the camp.

After waiting more than four months, and with his own supplies running low, he finally decided to abandon the camp on 21 April 1861, leaving the “DIG” tree on Cooper’s Creek

Our Guest Speaker – Dr Douglas McCann gave a very informative talk which was enjoyed by all.

The plaque was unveiled by David Brahe, the great grandson of William

Refreshments were served on and around the verandah of the Lodge.


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 Remembrance Day Walk

Sunday: 14th November at 2pm

Meet near front gate on North Road.  Cost: $15 per person [cash]

Booking is essential – Lois on 9558 4248

As part of the FLAG PROJECT where we will have 15 Australian Flag attached to a pole at the foot of Veterans graves to publicly commemorate the role of our Men and Women as part of the Australian war effort from 5th to the 15th November

On this walk we will visit 8 service persons who have been honoured with a flag. John Gordon Slatter whose WW1 dairies were uncovered in a battered old tin trunk at the back of an old garden shed fifty two years after his death, Benard George Haines known as Babe because of his age and size and Leah Rosenthal who awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal. Come and hear the stories of these brave and courageous people.

AGM & CHRISTMAS LUNCH – 5th December 2021

Venue: The Camden Hotel –  414 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield South in the Upstairs Function Room

**best option for finding us is to enter via Hawthorn Road

11.45 for at 12.15 start – before coming upstairs can you please order and pay for your meals

12:15 pm AGM Commences

1pm our Guest Speaker Dr Rosemary Francis will talk about her Gagliardi family history, Ferdinando Gagliardi was a Cataloguer of the National Library in Melbourne.

1.30 lunch to be served

We are also planning on a Plaque unveiling for the Furnell Brothers and Linda Phillips

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


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