Melbourne General Cemetery
Aerial view of Melbourne General Cemetery, looking north.
|Location||Carlton North, Victoria|
|Size||43 hectares (110 acres)|
|Website||Melbourne General Cemetery (Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust)|
|Find a Grave||Melbourne General Cemetery|
The cemetery is notably the resting place of four Prime Ministers of Australia, more than any other necropolis within Australia. Former Prime Minister Harold Holt's headstone is a memorial as his remains have never been discovered.
The grounds feature several heritage buildings, many in bluestone, including a couple of chapels and a number of cast iron pavilions. The gatehouses are particularly notable.
- Harry Brookes Allen (1854-1926), pathologist
- Mendel Balberyszski (1894-1966), Jewish community leader, historian of the destruction of the Vilna Ghetto in Lithuania.
- Redmond Barry (1813-1880), Acting Chief Justice who sentenced Ned Kelly to hang; instrumental in the foundation of the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1848), the University of Melbourne (1853), and the State Library of Victoria (1854)
- Robert O'Hara Burke (1821-1861) and William John Wills (1834-1861), explorers (see Burke and Wills expedition). The inscription reads "Comrades in a great achievement and companions in death."
- Arthur Calwell (1896-1973), politician
- William Champ (1808-1892), Premier of Tasmania
- Janet Clarke (1851-1909), benefactor
- Marcus Clarke (1846-1881), novelist & poet, author of For the Term of His Natural Life
- James Coates (1901-1947), confidence trickster, racketeer, underworld figure
- Kelvin Coe (1946-1992), ballet dancer
- Mario Condello (1952-2006), solicitor, underworld figure
- Tom Corrigan (1851-1894), champion Irish jockey, died in a fall at Caulfield
- Derrimut (c1810-1864), Boonwurrung leader in early days of Melbourne
- Louise Dyer (1884-1962), music publisher
- George Elmslie (1861-1918), first Labor Premier of Victoria
- John Pascoe Fawkner (1792-1869), one of the founders of Melbourne
- Frederick Federici (1850-1888), opera singer, who created the title role in The Mikado in New York in 1885
- Edmund Finn (1819-1898), journalist, wrote under the nom-de-plume "Garryowen"
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick (1905-1990), historian
- James Goodall Francis (1819-1884), Premier of Victoria
- S.T. Gill (1818-1880), artist
- Duncan Gillies (1834-1903), Premier of Victoria
- Thomas Grady VC DSM (Tomás Ó Grádaigh) (1835-1891), Irish Victoria Cross recipient in the Crimean War
- Mrs Aeneas Gunn (Jeannie Gunn) (1870-1961), writer, author of We of the Never Never
- Eliza Hall (1847-1916), benefactor, founder of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
- Greg Ham (1953-2012), musician
- Patrick Hannan (1840-1925), discoverer of gold at Kalgoorlie
- Richard Heales (1822-1864), Premier of Victoria
- Hermann Herlitz (1834-1920), Lutheran pastor and pioneer
- Robert Hoddle (1794-1881), surveyor, designer of Melbourne
- Tom Horan (1854-1916), Test cricketer, wrote on cricket under the nom-de-plume "Felix"
- Charles Hotham (1806-1855), Governor of Victoria
- Isaac Isaacs (1855-1948), the first Australian-born Governor General
- Araluen Kendall (1869-1870), infant daughter of Henry Kendall, who was commemorated in the poem "Araluen"
- John King (1838-1872), explorer, sole survivor of Burke and Wills expedition
- Peter Lalor (1827-1889), leader of the Eureka Stockade
- Walter Lindrum (1898-1960), billiards champion, has a distinctive tombstone in the shape of a billiard table
- John Madden (1844-1918), Chief Justice
- Emily Lydia Mather (1865-1891), victim of Frederick Bailey Deeming
- John Reid McGowan ("Gentleman Jack") (1872-1912), boxing champion
- Billy Midwinter (1851-1890), Test cricketer for both England and Australia
- Sam Morris (1855-1931), Test cricketer
- William Nicholson (1816-1865), Premier of Victoria, Mayor, advocate of secret ballot
- Robert Nickle (1786-1855), Army commander
- Mietta O'Donnell (1950-2001), restaurateur, chef and food writer
- John O'Shanassy (1818-1883), Premier of Victoria
- Roy Park (1892-1947), Test cricketer, footballer (Melbourne), soldier, doctor
- James Patterson (1833-1895), Premier of Victoria
- John Giles Price (1808-1857), Magistrate, murdered by convicts at Williamstown
- William Ramsay (1868-1914), developer and founder of Kiwi Boot Polish
- Robert Russell (1808-1900), architect, pioneer
- Jack Saunders (1876-1927), Test cricketer
- Clara Seekamp (1819-1908), actress, teacher, writer, first female editor of an Australian newspaper
- James Service (1823-1899), Premier of Victoria
- John Singleton (1808-1891), physician, philanthropist, evangelical Christian and social reformer, founder of the Royal Children's Hospital, the Collingwood Free Medical Mission Dispensary (now North Yarra Community Health), the Singleton Housing Equity Fund (now Housing Choices Australia), Melbourne Citymission, and the Society for the Promotion of Public Morality, which led to the formation of the RSPCA. In June 2012, a visit to his gravesite revealed that his tombstone had fallen over, and the site had fallen into serious disrepair.
- Brettena Smyth (1840-1898), feminist, suffragette, freethinker, family planning advocate
- Arthur Snowden (1829-1918), politician, lawyer, mayor
- Thomas Welton Stanford (1832-1918), businessman, brother of Stanford University founder Leland Stanford
- Peter Steele (1939-2012), poet
- Selina Sutherland (1839-1909), health and child welfare worker
- Julian Thomas (1843-1896), journalist, wrote under the nom-de-plume "The Vagabond"
- Clarence Whistler (1856-1885), wrestler
- Samuel Wynn (1891-1982), restaurateur, wine merchant
- Florence Young (1870-1920), actress & singer
Prime Ministers Garden
Five Prime Ministers of Australia are memorialised at Melbourne General Cemetery. Three are interred in the cemetery's 'Prime Ministers Garden': Robert Menzies (including Pattie Menzies), John Gorton and Malcolm Fraser. Harold Holt's (including his wife Zara Bate) is a memorial as his body was never recovered after he disappeared at sea. Zara Bate is buried at Sorrento Cemetery, the closest burial ground to where Holt disappeared.
- Phoenix, Dave (2011). Following Burke and Wills across Victoria : a touring guide. Phoenix. ISBN 978-0-646-56419-7.
- "James Coates". Australian Dictionary Biography.
- Federici on the Melbourne General Cemetery website
- "Hermann Herlitz". ADB.
- "Araluen Kendall". The Argus. 22 Nov 1924.
- "Araluen - Henry Kendall".
- "Frederick Deeming". Australian Dictionary Biography.
- Otzen, Roslyn. "Dr John Singleton 1808-1891". Melbourne Citymission, 2008, pp 30-34. http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/25160752?versionId=44558358
- "Brettena Smyth". Australian Dictionary Biography.
- "Florence Maude Young". Australian Dictionary Biography.
- http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8535779%7C Retrieved 2010-2-20
- MELBOURNE GENERAL CEMETERY, CARLTON CWGC Cemetery Report.
- The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust: administrators of the Melbourne General Cemetery
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Melbourne General Cemetery.|
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (January 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|