Cemeteries are often run by a cemetery trust, and members are responsible for keeping records about the cemetery and who is buried where.
We hold records of fewer than 20 cemetery trusts - most cemetery trusts still hold their records. Today there are 400 cemetery trusts with responsibility for cemeteries across Victoria.
What do I need to know before I start?
You need to know which cemetery you are interested in. See the Useful Links section on this page to search for cemeteries on the Department of Health website, or use the PROV Visualiser to explore cemetery records.
View online or at the Reading Room?
Look for the icons below to identify records that are viewable online (camera icon) or to be ordered online and then viewed at our Reading Rooms (book icon):
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