Serving the community since 1873, Box Hill Cemetery continues as an active, operational cemetery for interment and memorialisation in support of today’s bereaved families. The cemetery’s cultural, historic and landscape values are considered of State significance by the National Trust.
Supporting Today’s Bereaved Families
Box Hill Cemetery continues to serve the community as an active, operational cemetery
New graves are currently available and many existing family plots may also contain unused spaces. Our friendly administration staff will assist wherever possible to identify opportunities for additional use of existing family graves.The community mausoleum was extended in 2012 and a number of crypts are also still available. Opportunities for placing and memorialising cremated remains are available within attractive new rose gardens, memorial lawns, the historic columbarium, and the pavilion and mausoleum niches. Interment within existing family graves is also a popular choice.Our helpful staff are skilled in understanding and meeting emotional, social and cultural needs of mourners of diverse backgrounds.
Box Hill Cemetery record searches for genealogical or any other purpose may be conducted by website visitors anytime by simply selecting the ‘Find a Grave or Memorial‘ function. A map of the selected site and surrounding area may be printed off to help visitors find specific graves and memorials. A touch-screen grave-finder is also provided opposite the office in the centre of the cemetery to assist visitors.
Notable People & Historical Interest
Box Hill Cemetery is a sanctuary for the remains of almost 50,000 people, including many famous Australians
Just a few of our perhaps better-known permanent residents are businessman Sidney Myer (d. 1934), poet C. J. Dennis (d. 1938) and businessman Sir William Angliss (d. 1957). They rest in the company of the Honourable Lieutenant General Sir James McCay (d. 1905), artist James Alfred Turner (d. 1908), prized architect (& father of composer Percy Grainger) John Henry Grainger (d. 1917), shipping magnate & founder of Golden Fleece H. C. Sleigh (d. 1933), metallurgist & businessman Sir John Higgins (d. 1937), politician & lawyer Maurice Blackburn (d. 1944), inventor of Vegemite Dr Cyril Callister (d. 1949), professor of veterinary science & first chairman of the CSIRO Sir Ian Clunies Ross (d. 1956), founders of The Australian Ballet Xenia (d. 1985) and Edouard Borovansky (d. 1959), artist Joy Hester (d. 1960), and inaugural Australian Drivers Champion & four times Australian Grand Prix winner Lex Davison (d. 1965). Many more graves are also of considerable interest, including those of other pioneers, historical characters, community leaders, sporting legends and other notable persons.Box Hill Cemetery’s cultural, historic and landscape values are considered of State significance by the National Trust. The unique and fascinating 1929 columbarium and Sidney Myer memorial are also on the Victorian Heritage Register.