A view of The Gate House Lodge at Melbourne General Cemetery from inside the grounds. It is dusk and the windows are lit up inside
The Gate House Lodge at Melbourne General Cemetery, this time viewed from the road.

Melbourne General Cemetery

John Gawler 1935


The historic bluestone gothic-style gate lodge, now an administration building, was rebuilt on its present site in 1934-35. It was made from materials of the demolished entrance lodges, which were designed by architect Albert Purchas and built in the 1850s. John Gawler was the architect of the reconstructed historic gate lodge located just inside the front entrance. It is possibly the largest gothic-style gate lodge in Victoria, and the only one remaining in the cemetery.

What's On

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) invites you to explore the rich history of the iconic gothic-style Gate House Lodge at Melbourne General Cemetery. In addition to self-guided tours, SMCT historians will conduct guided tours of this unique site, and share stories about the unique role cemeteries have played within cities.

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) will also be opening their Brighton General Cemetery and St Kilda Cemetery sites as part of Open House Melbourne.

Images: (1-2) Melbourne General Cemetery. Courtesy of Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Open access 10am-4.30pm
Tours run at 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:30pm + 3:30pm
Running for 60 minutes in groups of 30
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meeting point: Northside Gate, the smaller gate leading onto the lawn just to the left of main gates/driveway on College Crescent, if you face from the road.

Public transport: tram route 19, stop 13 (Gatehouse St/Royal Pde)
Pram accessible


Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Partially wheelchair accessible


All Ages


College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052

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