Our Tours

Tours – Cemetery and Street

Rev S L McLaren

The Society offers walking tours of Box Hill cemetery on a number of different topics (see below), and at different times of the year. Tours are conducted, for example, in conjunction with the local Heritage Week.  

Saturday 16th September 2017.   2 – 4pm.  Mainly British, they taught us well!

Members of the Box Hill and Surrey Hills Historical Societies will lead this fascinating tour of the illustrious educationalists buried in the cemetery. Notable identities include Rev Samuel Gilfillan McLaren (Principal, Presbyterian Ladies College), Marjory Bishop (Principal, Horton Grammar School), Eliza Hester (Carisbrooke Ladies College), Arthur St John Kelsall (Surrey College) and members of the Taylor family of Banff Ladies College.

Cost: $15  [Specially reduced fee for Heritage Week]

Bookings essential: 9262 6555     (phone bookings attract $4.00 fee)

Please meet outside the Cemetery Office inside the Cemetery grounds.   Tour participants are encouraged to dress suitably for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and BYO refreshments as required. Parking is available in Reserve Road or Whitehorse Reserve (with access to the cemetery across the footbridge.)

Tours of the cemetery are advertised in the local press, on this website, and on our Facebook page.

Cemetery Tours can be conducted on a variety of topics, including:

Pioneers: visits the graves of some of the early pioneers of the City of Whitehorse;

Famous And Unusual: includes prominent business and professional people such as Sidney Myer, C.J. Dennis and William Angliss;

Remarkable Women: includes veterinary surgeon Isabelle Reid, civil rights activist Doris Blackburn and temperance advocate Maria Kirk;

Creative/Artists Tour: includes Joy Hester (artist), Edouard Borovansky (founder of Australian Ballet), John Grainger (architect and father of Percy) and J.A. Turner (postcard artist).

Each tour lasts approximately 2 hours and costs $20 per person ($15 for BHHS members). Group bookings can be arranged on request.

Box Hill cemetery is located at 395 Middleborough Road Box Hill (Melway map 47 F10). Although cars may enter the cemetery on week days, there is limited parking available within the grounds, and it is preferable to park in one of the surrounding streets. Entry to the cemetery on foot can be made through any of five pedestrian gates.

The Society also offers on request Street Tours, for groups of up to 15 people. Areas covered include the central business precinct around Whitehorse Road/Station Street, and the 19th century residential development areas of Rutland/Rose/Albion/William Streets. These tours are also $20 ($15 for BHHS members) per person. Group bookings can be arranged on request.