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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Our AGM will be held in he Lodge on Sunday 4th August at 2pm

Guest Speaker: Julie Springs –
Alongside the Brighton Cemetery’s Western wall, not far from the little exit gate now permanently locked, lies Julie Spring’s great grandfather, historian and journalist John Butler Cooper. Dead long before she was born, Cooper was an enigmatic man, whose prolific historical writings record the establishment of the local government areas of Brighton, St Kilda, Prahran and Malvern, as they emerged from the nineteenth century, full of municipal pride. 
Julie has always been curious about her great grandfather, her interest fuelled by the stories of his youngest daughter Joan, Julie’s grandmother. 
In this talk, Julie focuses on the research she did in collaboration with well known historian and journalist Michael Cannon into Cooper’s early life and his intriguing relationship with the well known nineteenth century investigative journalist, ” The Vagabond”. 

Join us to hear Julie’s amazing story.

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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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