Last week I popped into the Melbourne General Cemetery. It was a nice day and my partner was meeting with a client in nearby Carlton so I thought I’d take the opportunity to visit it. Cemeteries have a sombre beauty to them and are always interesting to explore.
The Melbourne General Cemetery was established in 1852 and replaced the Old Melbourne Cemetery, which on the site of what is now the Queen Victoria Market. There are about 9,000 people buried under the sheds and car park of the Queen Victoria Market. The Melbourne General Cemetery is the resting home of some of Australia’s explorers, prime ministers, service personnel, and other notable figures. It’s a mix of old and new and there are various religions and ethnic groups represented.
Tours are available. For more information, please visit the cemetery’s website here.