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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Pre Federation Walk

Written by admin. Posted in General

Sunday: 15th March 2020 – 2pm

Meet at the gate on Hawthorn Road [near the corner of Sheffield St]

Cost: $15 per person. Members $10

Booking is essential – Lois on 9558 4248

The first settlement in the area occurred in 1803 at Sullivan Bay, and much of what is now Victoria was included in the Port Phillip District in 1836, an administrative division of New South Wales. Victoria was officially created a separate colony on July1,185, and achieved self-government in 1855.[6]

The Victorian gold rush in the 1850s and 1860s significantly increased both the population and wealth of the colony, and by the Federation of Australia on 9 May 1901, one hundred and forty seven members of the first  Federal Government were sworn in. Melbourne had become the largest city and leading financial centre in Australasia. Melbourne also served as capital of Australia until the construction of Canberra in 1927, with the Federal Parliament meeting in Melbourne’s Parliament House and all principal offices of the federal government being based in Melbourne.

The graves we are visiting today are men of vision from all levels of government including  two convicts

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.

Location

  • Brighton General Cemetery
    Cnr. North and Hawthorn Roads

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Opening Hours

Grounds 8am-6pm

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