• Date: 12/11/2016
  • Cemetery: Williamstown Cemetery

The restoration of our historic fountain at Williamstown Cemetery is nearing completion.

Roadworks and fountain restoration work have been undertaken and the refurbished roadway has now been reopened. The big reveal of the new fountain is scheduled to take place later this month.Work to restore the fountain began in July 2016 as part of a joint funding initiative between GMCT and Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund. The restoration is valued at $450,000 and will return the fountain, which dates back to 1882, to its former glory.

GMCT has contracted restoration specialists to carry out the works, including:

  • stripping back old paint and fibreglass tanking, filling and repairing cracks

  • replacing and renewing pipework, for plumbing and electrical elements

  • repairing and renewing relief and detail including figures and bowls

  • repairing surrounding roadway, including replacing brick kerb and channel and installing new drainage. 

Williamstown Cemetery was opened in 1857 and has a particularly rich history, with a special affiliation with Melbourne port’s seafaring community. It is one of Victoria’s earliest memorials to Melbourne’s maritime pioneers.

If you have a special interest in Williamstown Cemetery, you may like to join Friends of Williamstown Cemetery -  a newly-established group of volunteers who work to research, protect, conserve and build appreciation of the cultural and historical significance of Williamstown Cemetery. The group recently hosted a working bee to prepare cemetery records for digitisation by GMCT.

GMCT gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund which made this restoration possible.