Glenlyon Cemetery

Welcome to the Glenlyon General Cemetery


Glenlyon General Cemetery Trust

Glenlyon is a small town in the Shire of Hepburn,in Victoria. It is on the Loddon River, 12 km from Daylesford and about 100 km from the Melbourne CBD. The Glenlyon General Cemetery is located at 148 Holcombe Road.

Historical Background

The Beginning

On 1 November 1862 a petition was sent to the Commissioner of Lands and Works by 18 land owners and house holders for a piece of ground for a cemetery in Glenlyon. In that petition they said, “The nearest burying-ground at present is Daylesford which is eight miles distance and during the winter it is almost impossible to get there from the impassable state of the roads and flooded creeks”. Many names on the 1862 petition are buried in the original and the present-day cemetery.

The Journey

Five months later, on 10 February 1863 five acres were gazetted for the Glenlyon and Holcombe Cemetery on the Glenlyon-Malmsbury Road, with the first burial in 1867. This first Cemetery site was found to be unsuitable due to a rock bed and wet areas. As a consequence of the site’s unsuitability a new site was sought and in 1872 four acres were gazetted for a new Cemetery site, in Holcombe Road, with the first burial in 1873.

The Settlement

Many well-known local families who settled the district are represented in the Cemetery and some have local landmarks named after them – Babingtons Hill, Diers Falls, and Walls Crossing to name a few.
Also buried are many settlers whose names, as land holders, are on the original Glenlyon Township map and surrounding area. Some families in the area still hold the land that their ancestors owned.

Cemetery Members

The Trust members were and are respected local figures who volunteer their time in administering the Cemetery and maintaining the grounds.
Two present-day members are life members of the Trust and most Trust members have had family members on the Trust at different times or have descendants buried in the cemetery. One family, the Fleischers, have had one or more family members on the Trust continuously since 1897.
In the past, like most small rural cemeteries in Australia, each trust member represented a denominational section of the cemetery. The Glenlyon General Cemetery contains Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Church of England and Wesleyan sections. These days families choose a position in the cemetery for their loved ones by a personal choice and not by a denominational section.

Deceased Search and Plot Map

Glenlyon General Cemetery records and maps are accessible online via the Find Record button below:

Cemetery Guidelines


No trees are permitted to be planted on the site and only indigenous small shrubs, flowers and grasses prescribed by the Trust can be planted. Approval for planting any of the above must be obtained, prior to planting, in writing from the Trust. The Trust reserves the right to remove any trees, shrubs and invasive plant species as deemed necessary. The cost of removal may be borne by the person or persons responsible for the planting

Any memorials on the site must be approved by the Cemetery Trust following an application made through the approved “Establish a Memorial” form or through a Memorial Stonemason.

Approval must be obtained from the Cemetery Trust for the interment of cremated ashes buried at the Glenlyon General Cemetery. The form “An Application for approval to inter created human remains” is to be completed before approval is given. Unauthorised interment is a punishable offence.

The Trust allows both fresh and artificial flowers to be placed at the grave/monumental site. These floral tributes may be removed and disposed of at the discretion of the Trust

Vases and containers of glass, ceramic or other brittle material are not permitted and will be removed for safety reasons. Unauthorized placement of ornaments, vases and glass containers constitute a potential safety hazard to contractors, volunteers and members of the general public

The Trust does not permit any bicycles, motorbikes or private vehicles to enter the Cemetery grounds. The exceptions to this policy are Funeral Director vehicle and hearse, monumental mason vehicles, contractors employed by the Trust and mourners at a funeral.

It is the policy of the Glenlyon General Cemetery Trust that temporary grave markers may only be used for a maximum of twelve (12) months, then either replaced with an approved monument, or the grave left unmarked

We are here for you!


Glenlyon General Cemetery,
c/o 24 Holocombe Road,
Glenlyon. 3461

Glenda Fleischer

Phone: 5348 7539
Mobile: 0417 030 036

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