By Cr Marcia Timmers-Leitch
The Ferntree Gully Cemetery was established in 1873, after John Buckley, whose grave lies just inside the main gate, spearheaded a community campaign petitioning the government to set aside five acres of land for this important place.
Operating by community trustees until 1982, Knox Council took over responsibility as trustee and takes great pride in providing this service not only for families and their loved ones but also for the wider community. Council is dedicated to preserving the cemetery’s historical and cultural importance, ensuring it remains a cherished space for generations to come.
Whilst it may be the burial place of pioneers, convicts, Gallipoli soldiers, cold case victims and prominent figures, including renowned artist Sir Arthur Streeton, it is the stories behind the names on the plaques that have most intrigued local historians.
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For more information on available Ashes interment positions call 9298 8000.