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Stuart Mill Cemetery

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20 Dalyenong Road, Stuart Mill VIC 3477

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  • Significant historic cemetery
  • Educational
  • War memorial
The cemetery in the quiet Victorian town of Stuart Mill is of high historical and cultural significance due to multiple factors.

This cemetery, established in 1865, contains several wooden tablets as grave markers - a rare surviving example of 1800s grave architecture which is no longer in practice. 

Along with these remarkable wooden tablets you will find graves of Chinese diggers, large monuments, and a soldiers memorial. It is little wonder the Stuart Mill Cemetery has made it onto this list of the world's best cemeteries.

A gazebo stands in the centre of the cemetery and contains informative displays about WW1 and WW2.

The Victorian Heritage Database offers the following information regarding the Stuart Mill Cemetery:

Statement of significance

Last updated on - August 27, 2004

The Stuart Mill Cemetery, 20 Dalyenong Road, Stuart Mill, has significance as an important place of commemoration and as a significant cultural landscape. 

The cemetery was gazetted in 1865 and contains rare surviving wooden tablets, together with other headstones, grave surrounds, graves to Chinese diggers, a large granite block monument to the MacDonnell family and a column and urn representing a memorial to the soldiers who fought in the Great War.

The Stuart Mill Cemetery is historically and aesthetically significant at a LOCAL level. It is associated with the development of the settlement of Stuart Mill in the second half of the 19th century, being gazetted in 1865. 

The cemetery demonstrates important visual qualities which include the bushland setting, open grassed cemetery with regular rows of graves having grassed paths between, stone and wooden headstones and grave surrounds, large monument to the MacDonnell family and the column and urn representing the memorial to the soldiers who fought in the Great War.

The Stuart Mill Cemetery is scientifically significant at a STATE level. The wooden tablets to some of the graves are a rare surviving example of 19th century grave architecture no longer practiced.

The Stuart Mill Cemetery is socially significant at a LOCAL level. It is recognised and valued by the Stuart Mill community for cultural, spiritual and commemorative reasons.
Overall, the Stuart Mill Cemetery is of STATE significance.


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  • Many cemeteries in the goldfields were established in the early-mid 19th century. Walking through the historic cemeteries of the area is like taking a walk through time.


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