Melbourne General Cemetery
Melbourne General Cemetery
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Melbourne General Cemetery is both a beautiful and historic cemetery. It was established in 1850 and since then there have been over 300,000 burials. The heritage -listed cemetery is one Australia's most important cemeteries. It has distinctive denominational sections including graves of many early immigrants, including the Chinese and other nationalities who arrived for the Gold Rush in the 1850's. The cemetery is the final resting place of many famous identities. Our tours reveal an array of fascinating information about prominent and notable men and women from our rich and multicultural past. We run regular night and day tours.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This cemetery has thousands of graves, some neglected and some, notably for people of Italian origin, lovingly maintained. There are many other interesting features, including a menora commemorating Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust. A Chinese temple is obviosly well-used. The ancient trees add some variety to the cemetery. It's well worth wandering among the departed for an hour or so.
Written 19 May 2022
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,965 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
One would not normally visit a cemetery as a place of interest but as a long-time resident of Melbourne I had never been and therefore a reason to go. Dating back to 1852 this large (43 HA) cemetery is the resting place or memorial of many famous people and four Prime Ministers. Three things were prominent. The first was the elaborate memorial to many families, particularly Italian, the second the dilapidated state of many of the graves, many moved by tree roots or just left un-cared for and the third, the division or religions across the cemetery.There are many historic buildings and some quirky memorials as well including the one to Elvis.
Written 11 March 2022
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,629 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We were walking past on the way to Sydney Road and chanced upon this place. We looked at some Italian graves and went on our way. I don’t think this is a tourist attraction...
Written 15 January 2022
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia31,593 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
When the settlers arrived here, Derrimut was one of the local leaders of his tribe. He warned the settlers of an impending massacre and was rewarded by being dispossessed of his country. He died destitute about 20 years later. His grave is here along with some of those who took his land.
Written 4 September 2021
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AndyJohn74
Sydney, Australia4,781 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
I spent a few hours wandering this cemetery. There are an enormous amount of burials from the 1800’s and early 1900’s. Some parts are nicely maintained while others could do with a once over. So much history hidden away, such as a US Navy sailor veteran from the Civil War to Australian politicians.
Written 1 May 2021
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia31,593 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
It is usually very deserted here and one can have a socially distanced walk away from the crowds in the nearby parks. Some famous people are here, showing what happens to all of us eventually.
Written 8 August 2020
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia31,593 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A friend alerted me to Ascencio de Freitas who died in 1921 and is buried here. For much of his life he fed the poor from his restaurant in Bourke Street, after his paying customers had gone home. They sometimes numbered 200 and they all got a full meal from him. His grave is here and I used my exercise opportunity to find him. It was not hard. The Grave Search on line gave me the "address" and the online (and on site) maps helped me find the exact spot.
Written 31 March 2020
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Lyndylou18
Augsburg, Germany531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Enjoyed a wonderful evening tour with a fantastic guide called Stella (?). It was so informative and fascinating hearing the stories of many famous Victorians including prime ministers who are buried here as well as Burke and Wills, Governor Hotham of 1854 Eureka Stockade Rebellion. It was interesting to see the huge mausoleums, heritage listed statues, gate houses and rotundas as well as the huge trees and Roses. The cemetery is divided into many sections including Jewish, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Anglican & a paupers section. 300,000 graves. I could’ve spent more time here. There is even a memorial for Elvis Presley. Definitely worth a visit and if you can join the tour, I’d highly recommend it.
Written 30 October 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,965 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The cemetery opened in 1853 and covers an area of 43 HA just south of Carlton some 2 KM north of Melbourne CBD. Some 1.0 Million people have been buried in the place since it opened including four Prime Ministers (a headstone for PM Harold Holt is in the cemetery) and some others of significance. Although not the first place you might visit but if there is an interrst in history then this is worth a visit.
Written 26 October 2019
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
I love walking around old cemeteries to see the beautiful carved stone work that we lack today. The decrepit run down tombs also add an eerie ambiance to these seldom visited sites.
Written 16 September 2018
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