Friends of St Kilda Cemetery

The Friends of St Kilda Cemetery are a not-for-profit community group working actively with Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, the administrators of St Kilda Cemetery.


Welcome to the website of the Friends of St Kilda Cemetery.

The Friends of St Kilda Cemetery was incorporated as an association in 1999 with the aim:

To promote the conservation and appreciation of the St Kilda Cemetery as a place of remembrance, of historic importance and of natural beauty

St Kilda Cemetery was established in 1855. It was one of the principal burial places south of the Yarra River during the nineteenth century and its heritage values have been recognised by the Commonwealth and State Governments.

The cemetery contains many famous and notable Australians. Notable interments include:

  • Alfred Deakin – politician and Prime Minister
  • Alfred Felton – businessman, philanthropist and arts benefactor
  • Matron Mary Finlay – World War 1 nurse in charge of army hospitals in Egypt and France
  • Captain Albert Jacka – World War 1 Victoria Cross winner
  • Christina MacPherson – provided the music for Banjo Patterson’s Waltzing Matilda
  • Baron Sir Ferdinand von Mueller – botanist and director of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Fever victims from the 1840 emigrant ship the Glen Huntly

Forthcoming tours (click here for further details)

Did you know - the remains of three victims from the fever ship “Glen Huntly” were removed from Point Ormond and reburied in St Kilda Cemetery in 1898.

Did you know - that Major General Sir John Hoad, the Australian Army’s second Chief of the General Staff, started his working career as a teacher. His last teaching position was at Brighton Road State School no.1479, St Kilda.

Did you know - that on 27 August 1890 in the St Kilda Cemetery a memorial was unveiled to honour the early pioneers who had come out in the ship ‘Glen Huntly’.


  • St Kilda Cemetery
    Dandenong Road St Kilda East


Opening Hours

Daylight Savings 8.00am - 8.00pm
Normal Hours 8.00am - 6.00pm

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