The first registered burial was that of Ellen Mowbray Murphy on February 1st 1858 age 3 ½ years old. This remembrance park has also been known as the Back Creek and Sandhurst Cemeteries (not to be confused with the Sandhurst Burial ground in Bridge Street).
The Gothic designed Mortuary Chapel and the former Sextons residence are two important features at this remembrance park. An unusual feature is the monument erected in memory of explorers, Burke and Wills.
The Bendigo remembrance parks dates from the 1850’s and from that time it was a site destined to display features of historic cultural and social interest.
Four such features are:
The Bendigo Chapel - Constructed in 1873, this very picturesque building is the major feature welcoming those who enter from the main gates on Carpenter Street. Constructed of granite quarried at Harcourt, restoration works were completed on the building in 2018 thanks to a Victorian Government Living Heritage Grant.
A timber steeple crowns the building and the portico features a doorway with concentric arches and collarets, and a cloverleaf finial.
The building has a number of fine stained glass windows which have been recently resinated.
The Burke and Wills Monument which can be seen off the right of the Chapel was erected by the people of Bendigo. The fate of the team it honours is well known. It appears to have had a paint finish but clearly a sandstone column. The foundation was laid in 1862 and more than 5000 people were in attendance. History indicates that objects of the time were buried at the site.
The Bendigo Remembrance Park is the largest of the cemeteries managed by RPCV, covering approximately 19.2 hectares (48 acres). It has extensive lawn and monumental burial areas and offers a range of memorial options including traditional monuments, lawn grave plaques, rose gardens and niche walls for the interment of cremated remains.
The monumental section of the cemetery has been “Heritage Listed” by Heritage Victoria and contains a number of important and notable memorials, many of which date from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Historical cemetery enquiries can be submitted to RPCV via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 266 561 and one of our dedicated volunteers will assist.
A few years ago, the names of the lawn sections at each Remembrance Park were re-named to honour local people of the region that have made a significant contribution to the area.
Previously, lawns were numbered or lettered as a form of identification.
The following map reflects both the old numbering system and the new named lawn areas:
Self-guided tour at Bendigo Remembrance Park
St Aidans Grave Beautification at Bendigo Remembrance Park. The St Aidan’s Grave beautification project at the Bendigo Remembrance Park is well underway to restore and beautify the St Aidan’s...