Forthcoming tours in 2014



Sunday 18th May at 2.00pm


As part of Law Week, one of our experienced guides will lead a tour of unusual deaths and a history of the Melbourne Morgue. There is much to discover on this fascinating tour which is being repeated due to popular demand



Meet at the main gates in Dandenong Road (Mel Ref 58/F9) at 2pm.

Cost: $10 non-members.

Bookings essential. Ring 9531 6832 or see our web site:, or book on-line at


Sunday 15th June at 2.00pm

Barons, Knights and Dames

St Kilda Cemetery is the resting place for many recipients of Imperial and foreign honours. At a time when Australia is re-introducing titles, this tour will visit the graves of two nineteenth century Baronets, a Dame of the British Empire and just a few of the more than twenty-five distinguished Knights buried within the Cemetery The tour will visit the graves of Sir Norman and Dame Mabel Brookes. It will stop at the temporary resting place of military engineer and Crimean War veteran, Sir Peter Scratchley. It will also visit the grave of a most remarkable man who was a recipient of many foreign titles, including a Knighthood from the King of the Hawaiian Islands in 1882.


Meet at the main gates in Dandenong Road (Mel Ref 58/F9) at 2pm.

Cost: $10 non-members.

Bookings essential. Ring 9531 6832 or see our web site:, or book on-line at







General tour details:

Unless otherwise indicated, all tours of St Kilda Cemetery leave from the main entrance gates on Dandenong Road, St Kilda East (Melways Map 58 – F9).

Bookings: Places are limited and pre-booking is essential by contacting 9531 6832, or use the online booking links attached to each tour.

Tours usually run for about 90 minutes.

Tours are offered in all weathers, so please dress appropriately for the conditions. There is little shelter or shade within the cemetery. Tours proceed at a leisurely pace, and keep to the safest paths, but those who may have difficulty walking on uneven ground should use their discretion.

Special tours:

Special tours may be arranged, on request, for schools, clubs, organisations and individuals. Contact the Secretary for further information.

Past tours

Past cemetery tours have included the following themes:

  • Alfred Deakin, Prime Minister and his colleagues.
  • Artists & photographers.
  • Baron Sir Ferdinand von Mueller and friends.
  • Barristers, bobbies & beaks – lawyers, judges and other people associated with the
    law including those associated with famous legal cases such as the trials of Ned
    Kelly, the Eureka miners and the notorious Frederick Deeming.
  • Epitaphs and Oddities – some of the more memorable gravestone inscriptions at St
    Kilda Cemetery as well as some of the more unusual and odd monuments and graves.
  • Eureka and Gold – graves of people associated with the Eureka rebellion and gold
    mining in Victoria.
  • Horticultural tour – gardeners, botanists and horticultural features of St Kilda
  • Jewish sections – Jewish funerary customs and notable graves.
  • Knights of the British Empire.
  • Madame Brussels’ Melbourne – the seamier side of Marvellous Melbourne in the late
    nineteenth century and the story of Madame Brussels.
  • Monuments and Monumental Masons – stone masons, monuments and their materials
    and the symbolism to be found on memorials.
  • Murder Most Foul and Other Tragic Tales – stories of murder, mayhem and other
    tragic tales.
  • Ned Kelly tour – people whose lives crossed that of Ned Kelly including lawyers
    connected with the Kelly trial.
  • Notable Malvern people.
  • Notable women.
  • Parliament, Premiers & Politicians – St Kilda Cemetery is the resting place of
    Prime Minister Alfred Deakin and a number of Victorian Premiers and other
    Federal, State and local politicians.
  • Scots at St Kilda – lives of people of Scottish descent buried at St Kilda.
  • Shipwrecks, sailors & the sea.
  • Sir Frederick Sargood, builder of Rippon Lea.
  • Sporting St Kilda – St Kilda’s sporting notables include Wimbledon champion Sir
    Norman Brookes and the extraordinary Joan Richmond, a leading racing car driver in
    the 1930s.
  • Steeplechases, Stallions and Steeds – graves with an equestrian theme including horse
    owners, racing officials and jockeys.