• Date: 23/07/2012
  • Cemetery: Preston Cemetery
The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) extends its most sincere apologies to the family of Mrs Kathleen Papatriandaphillou.   In September 2009, Mrs Papatriandaphillou was mistakenly interred at Preston Cemetery in the wrong grave. At the time no one detected the error.   The error was discovered when Mrs Papatriandaphillou's family sought to arrange a monument for the grave believing this was Mrs Papatriandaphillou's official grave.   The numeration of graves located at Preston in the section where Mrs Papatriandaphillou's family intended her to be interred had in previous years been interrupted by an extra grave installed by the then Darebin City Council run Cemetery Trust and was not reflected in the corresponding grave site chronology and not included in the Cemetery's grave site map.   Preston Cemetery was previously administered by former municipal cemetery run by Darebin City Council and was merged in March 2010 together with seven former Cemetery Trusts in the West, North and East of Melbourne.   The GMCT's recently appointed CEO Jacqui Briggs-Weatherill said she would welcome an opportunity to meet with Mrs Papatriandaphillou's family, personally extend her own and the GMCT's most sincere apologies, and discuss how the GMCT can further assist Mrs Papatriandaphillou's family.   "Human error and an inconsistent grave site map unfortunately caused Mrs Papatriandaphillou to be interred within a neighbouring grave," said Mrs Briggs-Weatherill.   "Once aware the GMCT was quick to remedy the unfortunate series of events experienced by Mrs Papatriandaphillou's family."   The GMCT is continually working to improve the governance and infrastructure across its 18 cemeteries.   ENDS Download a PDF copy of the media release here