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.

About the Brighton General Cemetery

The Brighton General Cemetery is located in Caulfield South and is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most significant burial grounds.

Twenty-nine acres was reserved in 1853 and in December 1854 the first Trustees were appointed making it the oldest continuous Cemetery Trust in Melbourne. Since the first recorded burial on 14 October 1855, over 73,000 interments have taken place.

Brighton General Cemetery is a Victorian garden cemetery of heritage significance and renowned throughout Australia for the many notable military figures and artists.

In April 2007 the trust was abolished and the Brighton Cemetery became amalgamated as part of the Cheltenham and Regional Cemetery Trust.

On the 1st March 2010, Cheltenham & Regional Cemeteries Trust along with Springvale Cemetery became part of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

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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