Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park
|Size||282 acres (114 ha)|
|Website||Fawkner Memorial Park|
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In 1906, the Municipal Cemetery, Fawkner (as it was then called) opened to meet the needs of the north west. The cemetery was designed and run by Charles Heath, a surveyor and architect. The first burial took place on 10 December 1906. This was considered to be the unofficial opening of the cemetery. The funeral was conducted by John Allison from Sydney Road. The cemetery was adjacent to Fawkner railway station on the Upfield line, with special trains carrying the deceased to the cemetery from 1906 to 1939.
They operate over multiple cemetery sites. The fourth site, Plenty Valley Memorial Park is yet to be established:
• Coburg Pine Ridge – Est 1856 – 10 hectares (25 acres)
• Fawkner Crematorium & Memorial Park – Est 1906 – 113 hectares (282 acres)
• Northern Memorial Park – Est 1986 – 94 hectares (235 acres)
• Plenty Valley Memorial Park – Yet to be established – 83 hectares (208 acres)
Together, the four memorial parks total an area of 300 hectares or 750 acres (3.0 km2) of land.
- Lilian Alexander (1861–1934), pioneering surgeon
- John Barrett (1858–1928), Senator
- John Batman (1801–1839), pioneer, one of the founders of Melbourne
- Kathleen Best (1910–1957), founder of the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps
- Thomas Blamey (1884–1951), Field Marshal (cremated)
- Deirdre Cash (1924–1963), novelist, wrote under the nom-de-plume "Criena Rohan"
- George Ward Cole (1793–1879), pioneer
- Revel Cooper (c.1934–1983), Nyoongar artist
- Charles Dight (1813–1852), pioneer
- Alphonse Gangitano (1957–1998), underworld identity
- James Henry Gardiner (1848–1921), North Melbourne Football Club founder and administrator
- Pinchas Goldhar (1901–1947), writer
- Henry Gregory (1860–1940), WA politician
- Edward Harrington (1895–1966), writer
- Sybil Irving (1897–1973), army officer, founder of the Australian Women's Army Service
- Donald Alaster Macdonald (1859–1932), nature writer, conservationist
- Kylie Maybury (1978–1984), murder victim
- Charlie Mutton (1890–1989), Labor politician
- Laurie Nash (1910–1986), footballer and Test cricketer
- Jack Patten (1905–1957), Koori activist, leader, writer
- Marie Pitt (1869–1948), journalist
- James Quinn (1853–1934), finder of Ireland's famous Ardagh Chalice also known as the Ardagh Hoard
- Mark "Chopper" Read (1954–2013), underworld identity and writer
- Alice Ross-King (1891–1968), nurse in both world wars, "Australia's most decorated female"
- Bernard Rubin (1896–1936), first Australian winner of 24 Hours of Le Mans and member of the Bentley Boys
- William Ruthven VC (1893–1970), soldier, politician
- Isaac Selby (1859–1956), historian
- Ernie Shepherd (1901–1958), Labor politician
- Issy Smith VC (1890–1940), soldier, born Ishroulch Shmeilowitz
- Ethel Spowers (1890–1947), artist
- Lyra Taylor (1894–1979), pioneering social worker
- Alfred Tipper (1867–1944), outsider artist, showman, cyclist
- Frank Traynor (1927–1985), jazz musician
In addition Fawkner Crematorium has a Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial to 28 Australian service personnel of World War II – 23 soldiers, 4 airmen and one naval officer – who were cremated there. They included Elwyn Roy King (1894–1941) who had been a fighter ace in World War I.
- "Restored Mortuary Carriage". fcmp.com.au. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
- "Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust Website". Archived from the original on 23 June 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2007.
- "Alice Ross-King". Australian Dictionary Biography.
- FAWKNER MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY CWGC Cemetery Report
- FAWKNER CREMATORIUM CWGC Cemetery Report
- "King, Elwyn Roy". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- Fawkner Memorial Park – Billion Graves
- Works by or about Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park in libraries (WorldCat catalog)