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Melbourne General Cemetery

Architect: John Gawler

City of Melbourne | C73

Melbourne General Cemetery is the final repose of many famous identities. They include former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies, ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills, Judge Sir Redmond Barry and Federici, the supposed ghost of the Princess Theatre. GATE LODGE: The historic bluestone gothic style gate lodge, now an administration building, was rebuilt on its present site in 1934–1935. It was made from materials of the demolished entrance lodges, which were designed by architect Albert Purchas and built in the 1850s. John Gawler was the architect of the reconstructed historic gate lodge located inside the front entrance. It is possibly the largest Gothic Style gate lodge in Victoria, and is the only remaining one in the cemetery.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: Most spaces of the historic gate lodge are open, including the boardroom and rear room on the ground

  • Special Note: Good walking shoes recommended

  • Tour Type: C73

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10.15 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 1.15 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, running for 60minutes, in groups of30

  • Access: Pram accessible, Able bodied access only

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: There will be a display of costumes owned by the National Trust.

  • Year Built: 1853

  • Transport: Stop 13: Gatehouse St/Royal Pde on route 19.


College Crescent, Parkville 3052, VIC


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