About our cemetery

Dandenong Community Cemetery is the peaceful, final resting place of the district’s pioneers.

Characterised by towering gums and historic memorials the grounds cover 4 hectares (11 acres). We are one of nine cemeteries within the care of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) and the second smallest behind Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery.

The peaceful grounds offer a range of burial and cremation memorial options to choose from.

Our history

The land (originally 20 acres or 8 hectares) was set aside for the cemetery and gazetted on 19 November 1857, only four years after the Melbourne General Cemetery opened for burial.
One of the earliest headstone marks the grave of Benjamin Rossiter who died on 28 January 1858.
Notable interments include those of many of the district’s pioneers.

Our continuing care of the cemetery

At Dandenong Community Cemetery we are proud of our historic grounds and the very special areas in which to honour and celebrate life. Our skilled maintenance teams, arborists and horticulturists work year round to keep our grounds in pristine condition.

Map of Dandenong Community Cemetery

To help you find your way around our grounds, this location map highlights some key areas and points of interest.

Floral and memento guidelines

To help us maintain a beautiful, clean, tidy and hazard-free environment, Dandenong Community Cemetery has developed a Floral and Memento Policy. These guidelines clearly outline what kind of tributes can be left at graves, crypts and cremation memorials.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

For your convenience we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the loss of a loved one, funeral and memorial services, burial and cremation, grave, crypt and cremation memorials, cemeteries, processes and planning ahead. Dealing with loss can be overwhelming but we are here to guide you through the process.

Registered Funeral Directors

In order to work with Dandenong Community Cemetery, funeral directors must be registered. Funeral directors who are registered with us have the appropriate governance requirements in place and have a clear understanding of how to manage a funeral service within our location.

Registered Monumental Masons

A monumental mason is a stonemason who specialises in the creation, installation and repair of headstones or monuments. In order to work at Dandenong Community Cemetery, monumental masons must be registered. Those who are registered with us have the appropriate governance requirements in place.


We place great emphasis on employee engagement as we recognise that our people are our greatest asset. We aim to recruit and retain highly skilled employees and offer excellent working conditions, flexibility and tailored training programmes. The welfare of our team remains a priority and, as a result, our people are motivated to provide the highest level of service to our client families.