Brighton Cemetery

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Brighton Cemetery

Brighton Cemetery is located in the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield South, Victoria, but takes its name from Brighton, Victoria.

The Cemetery pre-dates the Caulfield Roads Board - the first official recognition of the suburb of Caulfield. Opened in 1855 it became, together with St Kilda Cemetery, an alternative resting place for those who had lived south of the Yarra River. There are up 70,000 people interred, including famous Australian artists, politicians and military heroes.

The first representative of the Jewish community of the Board of Trustees was Phillip Blashki. He organised the building of the Tahara house, where the deceased were watched until buried. He instigated the idea of half-graves for children, as they were expensive and child mortality was high in the 19th century. Blashki also founded the Jewish burial society, Chevra Kadisha, still in existence today.

The cemetery contains the war graves of 125 Commonwealth service personnel, 105 from World War I and 20 from World War II.[1]

Some of the notable people buried there include:

Bent, ThomasThomas Bent 1838 1909 22nd Premier of Victoria[2]
Browne, Thomas AlexanderThomas Alexander Browne 1826 1915 Author
Buckley, Maurice Vincent Maurice Vincent Buckley 1891 1921 VC[3]
Cambridge, AdaAda Cambridge 1844 1936 Author[4]
Chanter, JohnJohn Chanter 1845 1931 Politician
Crowther, George HenryGeorge Henry Crowther 1854 1918 Founded Brighton Grammar School in 1882[5]
De Garis, JackJack De Garis 1884 1926 Aviator[6]
Deane, HenryHenry Deane 1847 1924 Engineer
Gordon, Adam LindsayAdam Lindsay Gordon 1833 1870 Poet[7]
Heinze, BernardBernard Heinze 1894 1982 Conductor[8]
Johnston , GeorgeGeorge Johnston 1868 1949 World War I general[9]
Jones, PaulPaul Jones 1878 1972 Politician[10]
Joynt, William DonovanWilliam Donovan Joynt 1889 1986 World War I Victoria Cross recipient[11]
Monash, JohnJohn Monash 1865 1931 World War I general[12]
Moore, CharlesCharles Moore ca.1858 1916 founder of retail stores
Newland, JamesJames Newland 1881 1949 VC[13]
Peeler, WalterWalter Peeler 1887 1968 VC[14]
Syme, Eveline WinifredEveline Winifred Syme 1888 1961 Artist
Taylor, SquizzySquizzy Taylor 1888 1927 Gangster
Thurgood, AlbertAlbert Thurgood 1874 1927 Australian rules footballer[15]
Trott, HarryHarry Trott 1866 1917 Test cricketer
Vernon, HowardHoward Vernon 1848 1921 Actor[16]


  • The Jews in Victoria in the Nineteenth Century, L.M. Goldman 1954
  • The enduring remnant:the first 150 years of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, 1841-1991,Joseph Aron, Judy Arndt, *Melbourne University Press, 1992 - History - 438 pages
  • Phillip Blashki, A Victorian Patriarch, Gael R. Hammer, 1986 ISBN 0-9589451-0-1

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Coordinates: 37°54′0″S 145°1′15″E / 37.90000°S 145.02083°E / -37.90000; 145.02083