About our Cemetery

An historically significant cemetery. The prized final resting place of eminent Victorians.

Established in 1854, Brighton General Cemetery is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most significant cemeteries and is one of nine cemeteries within the care of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT).

The classic garden style-grounds, which feature many significant and ornate monuments, span 12 hectares (30 acres) and are surrounded by an historic red brick wall.

Brighton General Cemetery offers a range of burial, mausoleum and cremation memorial options.

Our history

The Brighton General Cemetery is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most significant cemeteries. Designed in the garden style, with such park-like characteristics as curved pathways, plantings and a gate lodge. The first recorded burial of 10-month-old Johanna Manson occurred on 14 October 1855 and since then there have been over 70,000 interments, including those of many eminent Victorians.

Our continuing care of the cemetery

At Brighton General 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 horticulturists work year round to keep our grounds in pristine condition.

Map of Brighton General 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, Brighton General 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)

For your convenience we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the loss of a loved one, funeral and memorial services, burial and cremation, grave, crypt and cremation memorials, cemeteries, processes and planning ahead. Dealing with loss can be overwhelming but we are here to guide you through the process.

Registered Funeral Directors

In order to work with Brighton General 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 Brighton General Cemetery, monumental masons must be registered. Those who are registered with us have the appropriate governance requirements in place.


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.