COVID-19 SERVICE CHANGES & PRECAUTIONS (updated 24th March 2020)
In the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, our gates are open for cemetery visitation as usual. Our office is currently closed to the public for appointments and drop-ins, however our staff are working remotely and can assist you with enquiries via phone and/or email. Most arrangements can be made remotely and without the need for in-person contact. We are endeavouring to deliver essential services, and are working within the recommendations set out by the Government, and our service delivery may be reviewed further in line with future recommendations if needed. Essential services include burials and assisting with at-need interment arrangements. Other services deemed non-urgent such as interment of cremated remains are on hold at present.
For grave locations, please use the Grave/Memorial search function on our website (http://boxhillcemetery.com.au/search/) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have a map emailed to you. If you are on-site, there is a Grave Finder self-service kiosk located on the wall of Mausoleum Building 3, directly opposite the office. You can use this to search for grave locations and to print a map.
Please be aware that any interaction with our staff in the grounds (e.g. during a burial) must be in line with social distancing recommendations, maintaining a 1.5 metre minimum distance, and will be restricted to only necessary contact to deliver essential services. Please understand that the safety precautions in place are in the interest of the health and safety of our community as a whole, including our staff and visitors.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 03-9890 1229, or email email@example.com
FIRE IN THE CEMETERY
The Trust appreciates that some visitors may wish to leave a lighted candle or oil lamp on a grave. However, this is not permitted under Victorian Cemetery Regulations. Leaving any flame burning in the cemetery is an offence punishable by fine at any time. State Law relating to fire safety also applies. During Fire Danger Periods (October to April) and especially on Total Fire Ban Days, penalties for allowing a flame to burn (whether attended or not) can be severe. Several fires have spread from candles, incense and oil lamps at Box Hill and other cemeteries. To help protect everyone (including lives and property from dangers of wildfire, and visitors from possible prosecution) the Trust requires all visitors use only fire-safe modern LED lamps.
Foundation stabilisation works were recently completed on the 90-year-old heritage-listed Box Hill Cemetery Columbarium. Built in 1929 as a repository for cremated remains, the Columbarium is in the form of a Greek cross with Spanish-tiled gable roof and domed octagonal tower. Works, including stabilisation of foundations and some above-ground repairs, were generously supported by a Heritage Victoria grant of $200,000 to ensure the building remains for many years to come.
COLUMBARIUM LAWN ENHANCEMENT
When the Columbarium Lawn area was initially developed for burials, almost 20 years ago, plaques were placed on backfill soil with no foundation. Unfortunately, this practice resulted in considerable subsidence and displacement of many plaques. Previous attempts to reset plaques provided only short-term relief. The Trust has now implemented a permanent solution by stabilising the plaques and bringing the area up to modern industry standards, including provision of new vases.
GRAVES, CRYPTS & NICHES AVAILABLE
A limited number of new grave sites are still available within Box Hill Cemetery. Premium lawn grave sites are available for $26,350*. These sites include prime positions in the new Collyer Lawn (just inside the Middleborough Road main entrance). Some new monumental earth grave sites are also available throughout Box Hill Cemetery for $15,880* and monumental graves sites with foundations for $22,050*. Mausoleum crypts are also available, with prices varying, depending on type of crypt and level. Inspection is most welcome and further information is available by appointment.
Cremated remains may also be interred and memorialised in a range of 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 2019/2020, subject to annual 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.