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
Services and facilities available at Fawkner Memorial Park
include burial, cremation, mausolea, memorials, funeral venues and
The following burial options are available at Fawkner Memorial
- Lawn graves with plaques
- Lawn graves with headstones
- Monumental graves
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.
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
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.
The following memorial options are available at Fawkner Memorial
- Rose Memorials
- Tree Memorials
- Wall Niches
- Garden Niches
- Boulder Memorials
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, 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
7:00am - 5:30pm
Daylight savings 7:30pm
8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday
Our office is closed on Sundays and public holidays.
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and New Year office opening hours.
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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
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
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