Melbourne General Cemetery

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Melbourne General Cemetery
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Aerial view of Melbourne General Cemetery, looking north.
Established 1852
Location Carlton North, Victoria
Country Australia
Size 43 hectares (110 acres)
Website Melbourne General Cemetery (Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust)
Find a Grave Melbourne General Cemetery
Characteristic headstones and grave sites within the cemetery
Cemetery gatehouse

The Melbourne General Cemetery is a large (43 hectare) necropolis located 2 km (1.2 mi) north of the city of Melbourne in the suburb of Carlton North.

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 cemetery was established in 1852 and opened on 1 June 1853, and the Old Melbourne Cemetery (on the site of what is now the Queen Victoria Market) was closed the next year.


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.

Notable Interments[edit]

Prime Ministers Garden[edit]

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.[11] 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.

James Scullin (including Sarah Scullin) is buried in the Catholic section of the cemetery.

War graves[edit]

The cemetery contains the war graves of 91 Commonwealth service personnel, more than 30 from World War I and more than 50 from World War II.[12]


  1. ^ Phoenix, Dave (2011). Following Burke and Wills across Victoria : a touring guide. Phoenix. ISBN 978-0-646-56419-7. 
  2. ^ "James Coates". Australian Dictionary Biography. 
  3. ^ Federici on the Melbourne General Cemetery website
  4. ^ "Hermann Herlitz". ADB. 
  5. ^ "Araluen Kendall". The Argus. 22 Nov 1924. 
  6. ^ "Araluen - Henry Kendall". 
  7. ^ "Frederick Deeming". Australian Dictionary Biography. 
  8. ^ Otzen, Roslyn. "Dr John Singleton 1808-1891". Melbourne Citymission, 2008, pp 30-34.
  9. ^ "Brettena Smyth". Australian Dictionary Biography. 
  10. ^ "Florence Maude Young". Australian Dictionary Biography. 
  11. ^ Retrieved 2010-2-20

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Coordinates: 37°47′20″S 144°57′55″E / 37.78889°S 144.96528°E / -37.78889; 144.96528