Serving the community since 1873, Box Hill Cemetery is still an active, operational cemetery for interment and memorialisation supporting today's bereaved families. The cemetery's cultural, historic and landscape values are considered of State significance by the National Trust.
While new graves are currently unavailable, burials continue regularly as many existing family plots contain unused spaces. Our friendly administration staff will assist wherever possible to identify opportunities for additional use of existing family graves.
An extension of the community mausoleum was completed in September 2012, providing an additional 270 crypt spaces; and the Trust is currently investigating further opportunities for establishing potential new graves. Expressions of interest in possible new sites are most welcome.
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.
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, 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.