1187 Sydney Road
Fawkner,
Victoria 3060
Melways Ref: 17 G4
03 9355 3100

For over 100 years Fawkner Memorial Park has been serving the people of Victoria. The cemetery opened in 1906, with the first burial taking place on 10 December 1906, and is arguably Australia's largest cemetery.

Fawkner Memorial Park has a history of innovation and leadership in the Victorian cemetery industry, introducing Victoria's first modern crematorium in the 1920s and more recently introducing grand public mausoleums into Australia and ornate private mausoleums into Victoria.

Services and facilities available at Fawkner Memorial Park include burial, cremation, mausolea, memorials, funeral venues and function facilities.

Burial Options

The following burial options are available at Fawkner Memorial Park:

  • Lawn graves with plaques
  • Lawn graves with headstones
  • Monumental graves
  • Vaults

There are also special areas of Fawkner Memorial Park set aside for the burial of young children, or the placement of their cremated remains. These areas are commemorated with a range of plaque and headstone memorials.

Mausolea

Divided into colonnaded wings, named after the principal archangels, our Holy Angels Mausoleum complex blends contemporary design with the oldest of interment practices. Influenced by the great architecture of Europe, the complex uses colonnaded walkways, sweeping staircases and stained glass to create an aura of reverence. The building is finished in the highest quality materials including imported marble and fittings. Individual crypts hold up to four caskets, every crypt is finished with a vase and lamp.

The Chapel of the Archangel Gabriel is now complete. This is the third and final stage of the Holy Angels Mausoleum and has added almost 2,000 crypts to this magnificent complex, making it one of the largest in Australia.

Memorial options

The following memorial options are available at Fawkner Memorial Park:

  • Rose Memorials
  • Tree Memorials
  • Wall Niches
  • Garden Niches
  • Boulder Memorials

Funeral venues

Refurbished in 2007, our chapels are world-class. At the forefront of technology, services in our chapels can be personalised to reflect your loved one's life. Our chapels feature state-of-the-art plasma screens to play DVD presentations. They can also highlight who is speaking at the service. New AV facilities also record the service onto DVD for a nominal fee. We also have pre-recorded music that can be played during the service.
Our three chapels are non denominational. We welcome people of all religions and cultures to use these tranquil spaces to mark the passing of a loved life among family and friends. The chapels are available for Burials and other services

Tea rooms

Tea, coffee and light lunches are served and takeaway items are available from the kiosk area. Visitors to the Park can purchase fresh flowers in this area. The tearooms are also available to hire for functions after a funeral service has taken place at Fawkner Memorial Park.

Visiting hours:
7:00am - 5:30pm
Daylight savings 7:30pm

Office hours:

8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm Weekends & Public Holidays except for Good Friday & Christmas Day

Getting there:

View Google Maps for directions to the park.

Map:
Click here for a printable map of the park.

More on Fawkner Memorial Park's history

Fawkner Memorial Park is home to a notable collection of historic graves, dating from the early days of Melbourne's settlement. Redgum, sandstone and even imported cast iron headstones are used to create fascinating monuments in this historic section.
These graves led a chequered past before finding permanent rest at Fawkner Memorial Park. The Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne's CBD was the site for the city's first cemetery. In 1837, burials from this site were transferred to a position just south of the Queen Victoria market.

In 1852 a new, larger cemetery was opened in Carlton.
Within fifty years both cemeteries were close to capacity and new cemeteries were developed in outlying areas. In 1902 a new cemetery was established in Springvale, closely followed by the opening of the New Melbourne General Cemetery (now Fawkner Memorial Park) at Fawkner in 1906.

The Old Pioneers section at Fawkner Memorial Park comprises 220 graves dating from the 1840s transferred from the Old Victoria Market cemetery site in 1922. Among these reinterments are the remains of John Batman, the founder of the City of Melbourne. Batman landed at Port Phillip on 29 May 1835 and within the week had negotiated with Aborigines for the white settlement of the land, declaring "This will be the place for a village".

A mortuary carriage dating back to the early 1900's has been restored and is on display in our grounds close to the tearooms and Fawkner railway station.

Further details on Fawkner Memorial Park's history can be found in Don Chambers book "Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park: 100 years of service" (2006). This book is available to purchase at Fawkner Memorial Park and a copy is held at the State Library of Victoria.