Cemeteries are often run by a cemetery trust, and members are responsible for keeping records about the cemetery and who is buried where.
We hold only a few records of cemeteries, most cemetery trusts still hold their records. Today there are 400 cemetery trusts with responsibility for cemeteries, across Victoria.
One of our most popular cemetery record collection is for the Old Melbourne General Cemetery (the current site of the Queen Victoria Market).
What do I need to know before I start?
You need to know which cemetery you are interested in. One useful method of identifying this is to look at death notices. You can search TROVE by the person’s name and approximate year of death to find notices posted in the larger newspapers across Australia to identify where that person was buried.
There is a list of cemetery trusts for which we hold records on our catalogue that is a good place to start.
View online or at the Reading Room?
Look for the icons below to identify records that are viewable online (camera icon) or to be ordered online and then viewed at our Reading Rooms (book icon):
Look for these icons to: