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Function VF 28
Cemeteries
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    The establishment, control and maintenance of cemeteries and of cemetery trusts

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    Cemetery trusts

 
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Background

Prior to the proclamation of the Cemeteries Statute 1864, the administration of cemeteries had been governed by an 1850 New South Wales Act, 14 Vic., No.19, An Act for the establishment and regulation by Trustees of a General Cemetery near the City of Melbourne and by the provisions of An Act for the Establishment and Management of Cemeteries in the Colony of Victoria 17 Vic., No.12 (1854).

Under the provisions of the Cemeteries Acts trustees of public cemeteries were to be appointed by the Governor-in-Council. The Trustees were responsible for the establishment and management of public cemeteries, the collection of fees, expenditure of government subsidies including fencing grants and the making of rules and regulations for the administration of cemeteries. They were required to keep accounts of receipts and expenditure including grants from the consolidated revenue and to forward an annual abstract to the Chief Secretary for publication in the Government Gazette. Trustees were also empowered to make rules and regulations for the management and maintenance of cemeteries and to determine a scale of fees, subject to the approval of the Governor-in-Council and publication in the Government Gazette. They were required to permit the free burial of destitute persons.

By 1864 and until August 1873, the Commissioner of Public Works (VRG 28) and the Public Works Department (VA 669) were responsible for the administration of cemeteries including the appointment of trustees and approval of regulations and fees. From 1873 until 1888 the Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey (VRG 18) and the Department of Crown Lands and Survey (VA 538) were responsible and in 1888 the Chief Secretary (VRG 26) and the Chief Secretary's Department (VA 475) assumed responsibility. The Public Works Department (VA 669), however, continued to be responsible for the allocation of fencing grants.

In 1890, under the provisions of the Public Health Act 1889 (No.1044), the Minister of Health (VRG 39) and the Department of Public Health (VA 2904) became responsible for the management of cemeteries and responsibility has remained within the health portfolio. In 1944, with the proclamation of the Ministry of Health Act 1943 (No.1988), there was a major reorganisation of the administration of health functions. Responsibility for all health services was transferred to the Minister of Health and a Department of Health (VA 695) was established. The Minister of Health became immediately responsible for the administration of the Cemeteries Acts

Since 1890 responsibility for cemeteries has remained with the Minister and departments responsible for health.

Cemetery Records

From 1867 under the provisions of the Public Health Amendment Act 1867 (No.310) trustees were required to maintain a Register of Burials. There are however very few records of individual cemeteries in the custody of the Public Record Office. See VRG 5 Cemeteries and List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.11.7 (Warringal Cemetery).


 
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    Cemetery trusts VF 379
    Municipalities VF 397
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    Health, public VF 125
    Public works VF 404
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    PROVguide005 Cemetery Records
 
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1853 - cont Castlemaine Cemetery Trust VA 5022
1860 - Circa 1959 Oakleigh General Cemetery Trust VA 4789
- 1873 Public Works Department (previously the Department of the Commissioner of Public Works) VA 669
1873 - 1888 Department of Crown Lands and Survey VA 538
1888 - 1890 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1890 - 1944 Department of Public Health VA 2904
1890 - cont Corinella Cemetery Trust VA 4966
1906 - cont Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park 1971-2010 [previously known as New Melbourne Cemetery, 1906-1971] VA 4857
1944 - 1978 Department of Health I VA 695
1978 - 1985 Health Commission of Victoria VA 652
1985 - 1992 Department of Health II (commonly known as the Health Department Victoria) VA 2695
1992 - 1996 Department of Health and Community Services VA 3092
1996 - 2010 Department of Human Services VA 3970
2009 - cont Department of Health III VA 4921
 
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- 1873 Public Works VRG 28
1873 - 1888 Lands VRG 18
1888 - 1890 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1890 - cont Health VRG 39
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