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History of the Ferntree Gully Cemetery

Ferntree Gully Cemetery

The Ferntree Gully Cemetery was established in 1873 when five acres of Crown land were reserved as the site for a cemetery.

The Ferntree Gully Cemetery is located in the heart of the lower Ferntree Gully shopping precinct and has the picturesque Dandenong Ranges as its backdrop.

The cemetery has a significant story to tell in the local history of the area. Many pioneers of the district are buried in the cemetery including the well known family names of Dobson, Baird and Friberg. You may recognise these names as ward names in the municipality.

The cemetery also has the honour of being the last resting place of renowned landscape artist Sir Arthur Streeton.

Knox City Council took over responsibility as Trustee of the cemetery in July 1982. The Council appointed a committee, the Ferntree Gully Cemetery Trust Committee (the Trust) in 1999, to oversee the management of the cemetery. In 2017 Council sunsetted the Committee.

In 1984 the Governor in Council declared the Ferntree Gully Cemetery "closed" for the sale of new graves and until 2002, no graves were available for sale for in-ground burials. All graves have now been sold.

Over the years there had been a high level of interest shown from the community in wanting to be laid to rest at Ferntree Gully, due in part to its beautiful location and also its rich local history. The Trust was able to purchase two blocks of land on the corner of Clematis Avenue and The Glade with a view to expanding the cemetery and thus providing the community with an option to be buried locally.

The Trust undertook an exhaustive consultation process to ascertain the views of the community regarding an expansion of the existing cemetery. The outcome of this process saw the development of plans for expansion. The plans took into consideration the needs of the community by offering an additional 386 plots and 20 vaults for sale as well as detailed beautification and landscape works. All in-ground burial positions have now been sold.

In April 2014, the Trust opened The Grove Niche Walls to provide for ashes interment and memorialisation.

For more information

If you would like further information regarding the cemetery, please call Council's Customer Service on 9298 8000.

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