Series VPRS 9587
Numerical List of Exhumations - Old Melbourne Cemetery
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Date Range: Series ? 1920 - ? 1922
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  Contents 1920 - 1922
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1920 - 1922 Melbourne (Town 1842-1847; City 1847-ct) VA 511
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1920 - cont Melbourne (Town 1842-1847; City 1847-ct) VA 511
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    Background

    The first burial at the Old Melbourne Cemetery occurred in 1837. The cemetery was divided into sections for each religious denomination. In 1851, due to lack of available space, the cemetery was closed to burials apart from people who already had claims on plots. The last burial at the cemetery took place in 1917. The cemetery closed in 1922.

    The gradual encroachment of what is now known as the Queen Victoria Market saw cemetery land being taken over by the market. In 1877 the sections allocated to Aboriginals and Quakers and the unused part of the Jewish section were taken over by the market.

    In 1917 the Melbourne General Markets Land Act (No:2913) was passed by parliament allowing the Melbourne City Council to reclaim cemetery land for the use of the market. The council had the responsibility of overseeing the operations of the cemetery through the appointing of trustees. The Melbourne City Council were co trustees of the cemetery with the Board of Land and Works (VA 669).

    Exhumation of bodies began in 1920. Only marked graves were exhumed. George Simms of the Melbourne City Council had the responsibility for the exhumations and he identified 525 marked graves. Human remains were found in the early 1990s during excavation work for the market car park, the site of the major part of the Old Cemetery grounds. As part of the exhumation process 70 significant memorials were identified and relocated to the Fawkner Park Old Pioneers Section. Other bodies were reinterred at cemeteries around Melbourne.

    No records exist prior to 1866. A letter from the then Secretary of the Trustees of the Old Melbourne Cemetery in 1895 (Outward Letterbook p 180) apologises for records not being available due to them having been destroyed in a fire at the gatekeepers lodge in 1865.

    Function/Contents

    This record is a list of bodies exhumed by the Melbourne City Council and reinterred at Fawkner Park Cemetery.

    The records detail the grave number, date of exhumation, number of remains exhumed, date of re-burial at Fawkner and new grave number at Fawkner.

    System of Arrangement

    This record is arranged according to grave number as allocated by George Simms of the Melbourne City Council. The graves in this record are numbered from 1 to 525.

    Related Records

    Researchers interested in the Melbourne City Councils role in the closure of the Old Melbourne Cemetery should consult the Minutes of Council Meetings (VPRS 8910) from around 1916 to 1922. The minutes of the Market Committee (VPRS 8945) contain many references to the Old Melbourne Cemetery between 1916 and 1922.

    Town Clerks Correspondence Series II (VPRS 3183) may also contain files pertaining to the closure of the Old Melbourne Cemetery.

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