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Melbourne General Cemetery

Architect: John Gawler 1935

City of Melbourne | C08

Building Description

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.

What's On

Most spaces of the historic gate lodge are open, including the boardroom and rear room on the ground.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, running 60 minutes in groups of 30

  • Access: Limited mobility, all ages

  • Notes: Covered shoes, toilets available, photography restrictions

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Tram stop 13: Gatehouse St/Royal Pde on route 19

  • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Location

College Crescent, Parkville 3052, Parkville VIC

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