As well as reappointing Neil Greenaway and Stuart Baird to serve a further term of five years on the Box Hill Cemetery Trust, the Victorian Governor-in-Council recently appointed Donna Goldsmith to join the Trust. The Trust warmly welcomes Ms Goldsmith, who complements and extends the Trust’s diverse professional skills and community representation. Along with Mr Greenaway and Mr Baird, Ms Goldsmith is to be congratulated on this appointment.

Box Hill Cemetery Trust Chair, Eric Collyer, was this year honoured with a ‘Menzies Community Australia Day Award’. Recognising valued contributions of outstanding community members whose hard work helps make our community a better place to live, awards were presented by the Federal Member for Menzies, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, on 26 January 2018 at the Manningham Function Centre, Doncaster. The Trust heartily congratulates Mr Collyer and applauds this recognition of his extensive community services.

In May 2018, Box Hill Cemetery Trust Chair, Eric Collyer, was further honoured at the City of Manningham’s 2018 Civic Awards as a Citizen of the Year finalist.

A new garden for interment and memorialisation of cremated remains was recently completed in the centre of Box Hill Cemetery. The ‘Garden of Serenity’ was designed by landscape architect Florence Jaquet to complement the adjacent mausoleum and surrounds. Built by ACE Landscape Constructions, the ‘Garden of Serenity’ provides almost 600 new-style niches. Modular granite garden niches and granite wall niches may be furnished with colourful bronze and aluminium plaques, of new styles and colours to Box Hill. Inspection and enquiries are welcome anytime. For purchase assistance, bookings are essential.

On Thursday 18 May 2017, Stage 4 of the Box Hill Community Mausoleum was blessed and officially opened. Box Hill Cemetery Trust Chair, Mr Eric Collyer, welcomed guests to the hallowed ground and thanked those responsible for contributing to the Trust’s latest $2.6 million extension.

The Very Reverend Tony Kerin, of St Francis Xavier – St Clare Parish, Box Hill and Reverend Father Vito Pegolo, of St Brigid’s Parish, North Fitzroy jointly blessed the new building. Then Whitehorse Mayor Cr Denise Massoud commended the Trust on its crucial role in serving the bereaved community and, with Mr Collyer, jointly cut a ribbon and declared the building open. Guests were invited to inspect the site and share afternoon tea.

Box Hill’s community mausoleum is an elegant building in the centre of the cemetery. It is designed and built to the highest international standards to ensure it stands for many hundreds of years. The solid concrete structure is suitably clad in attractive granite and the building is effectively illuminated. It was built in four stages (2002, 2005, 2012 & 2017) to provide a total 926 crypts for above-ground interment. The last stage (342 crypts) is expected to meet local demand until around 2024.

Crypts may be pre-purchased or acquired at-need. Prices vary, depending on type of crypt and level. Wall niches (for cremated remains) are also available in the new mausoleum. Inspection is most welcome and further information is available by appointment.

A limited number of new grave sites are still available within Box Hill Cemetery. Premium lawn grave sites are available for $25,280*. These sites include prime positions in the new Collyer Lawn (just inside the Middleborough Road main entrance). Some new monumental grave sites are also available throughout Box Hill Cemetery for $15,235*. And cremated remains may also be interred and memorialised in lawn, wall and garden niches. To secure one of the last remaining interment sites in the heart of Melbourne’s east, interested families are welcome to call our helpful office staff on (03) 9890 1229 for an appointment. *(FY 2017/2018, subject to review).

The Trust apologises for any inconvenience relating to ongoing improvements around the cemetery. We understand the importance of access to memorials and facilities at all times. Our courteous staff and contractors strive to minimise disruptions in the course of their work. We are certain that most visitors will be highly-pleased with the results of our continuing endeavours.