• Date: 28/05/2019
  • Cemetery: GMCT Home

GMCT will be reinstating approximately 300 headstones to their original sites at Coburg Cemetery as part of a project to preserve the legacy of those interred at the historic cemetery.

The reinstatement works will see historic markers and headstones mounted on specially-designed sloped concrete bases.

GMCT engaged a historian and heritage consultant to advise how the headstones could be preserved in perpetuity in a manner which best acknowledged the legacy of those memorialised. The consultant reviewed the proposed colours and surface textures of the bases to ensure they contributed to the historic aesthetic of the cemetery.

A stonemason with specialised knowledge in conservation and restoration will carry out the works, which are due to commence in June 2019.

An artist’s impression of the headstone reinstatement design.


Get in touch

Prior to the commencement of the reinstatement works, GMCT is urgently seeking contact from the family or descendants for the individuals buried at the Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery.

GMCT has placed public notices in two local newspapers and members of the Friends of Coburg Cemetery group worked tirelessly with our staff to mark the affected graves with stakes encouraging families to make contact.

We have been pleased to hear from several families already.

You can view the public notice here with individual names and burial numbers.

If you are a family member or descendant of an individual buried at the Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery listed in the public notice, please contact our Customer Care team on 1300 022 298 or email enquiries@gmct.com.au.

GMCT staff and members of Friends of Coburg Cemetery worked to mark the affected graves with information for families.

Greenery for the next generation

Alongside the headstone reinstatement project, a series of additional plantings will provide new greenery at Coburg Cemetery.

To ensure the beauty of the landscape is preserved for future generations, GMCT’s expert horticulturist have carefully selected species that will attract native birdlife and flourish in long-term environmental conditions, such as drought.

Among them will be:

Angophora hispida
Dwarf Apple

This small native tree has attractive bark, compact shape and masses of white, bird-attracting flowers.

Calothamnus quadrifidis
One-sided bottlebrush

This small shrub has stunning red flowers which attract native birdlife.

Acacia pendula
Weeping Acacia

A small native tree with masses of wattle flowers in late winter. It has a soft weeping habit and light grey foliage.

Eucalyptus mannifera
Spotted Gum

A native tree with attractive bark that produces light shade and is covered in white flowers in late winter and spring.