About our Cemetery

St Kilda Cemetery is prominently located and steeped in history.

This tranquil, shaded cemetery features iconic memorials in a garden oasis setting covering 7 hectares (18 acres).

We are one of eight cemeteries within the care of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust’s (SMCT) care.

Our historic grounds offer a range of burial and cremation memorial options to choose from.

Our history

St Kilda Cemetery was laid out in 1851 and it was officially opened in 1855. It is one of the oldest suburban cemeteries in Melbourne with the first burial taking place of a young girl Charlotte Green in 1885. The gate lodge was built in about 1857, and the rotundas in 1860. By this time, St Kilda was the preferred suburb of wealthy residents and there were three unsuccessful attempts by local landowners to have the cemetery closed. The external brick wall was built in about 1883.

Our continuing care of the cemetery

At St Kilda Cemetery we are proud of our historic grounds and the very special areas in which to honour and celebrate life. Our skilled maintenance teams, arborists and horticulturist’s work year round to keep our grounds in pristine condition.

Map of St Kilda Cemetery

To help you find your way around our grounds, this location map highlights some key areas and points of interest.

Floral and memento guidelines policy

To help us maintain a beautiful, clean, tidy and hazard-free environment, St Kilda Cemetery has developed a Floral and Memento Policy. These guidelines clearly outline what kind of tributes can be left at graves, crypts and cremation memorials.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

In order to work with St Kilda Cemetery, funeral directors must be registered. Funeral directors who are registered with us have the appropriate governance requirements in place and have a clear understanding of how to manage a funeral service within our location.

Registered Funeral Directors

In order to work with St Kilda Cemetery, funeral directors must be registered. Funeral directors who are registered with us have the appropriate governance requirements in place and have a clear understanding of how to manage a funeral service within our location.

Registered Monumental Masons

A monumental mason is a stonemason who specialises in the creation, installation and repair of headstones or monuments. In order to work at St Kilda Cemetery, monumental masons must be registered. Those who are registered with us have the appropriate governance requirements in place.

Careers

We place great emphasis on employee engagement as we recognise that our people are our greatest asset. We aim to recruit and retain highly skilled employees and offer excellent working conditions, flexibility and tailored training programmes. The welfare of our team remains a priority and, as a result, our people are motivated to provide the highest level of service to our client families.