Grave Restorations

One of the most important aspects of our work is the careful restoration of gravesites.

Clarice Beckett

Clare Beckett grave - before

Clare Beckett grave - after






The grave of the noted artist, Clarice Beckett was in a sad and neglected state.  With the support of family descendants, the Friends were able to restore the grave with a Federal Government grant as part of the Commemorating Eminent Australians program. 

Kate and Joseph Beckett 

Kate and Joseph Beckett

Kate and Joseph Beckett






The nearby grave of Clarice Beckett's parents was also restored funded by family descendants.

Ernest William (Bud) Copeland 

Ernest Copeland graveErnest Copeland grave - after






Funded by the Collingwood Club Foundation, the grave of the man behind the famed Copeland Trophy was restored after the Friends approached the Collingwood Football Club.  The project was assisted by the Victoria Park Heritage Committee. 

William (Dub) and Emma Rose

William (Dub) Rose graveWilliam (Dub) Rose grave - after





The firm of W. D. Rose & Son was a household name, synonymous with civic mindedness.  Not only was the decorative vase broken from its base, but the lettering on the inscription difficult to read.  With the generous funding of the Rose family descendants, the Friends were able to facilitate the restoration of the grave.  We acknowedge the support of W. D. Rose Funerals, Cheltenham.

Adeline Hazel Wilson and family

Adeline Wilson and family grave - beforeAdeline Wilson grave - after

The grave of murdered schoolgirl Adeline Hazel Wilson was restored.  A new bronze plaque was commissioned acknowledging her siblings Frank, Siley and Percy together with a historic marker.  The project was funded by the Friends and Wilson family descendants.  We acknowedge the support of W. D. Rose Funerals, Cheltenham. 

Ernest Stephens

Ernest Stephens grave - beforeErnest Stephens grave - after

A tree adjacent to the Cheltenham Pioneer Cemetery dislodged during a storm in the summer of 2007-08 and damaged a number of graves including a veteran of the Great War, Ernest Stephens.  After years of attempts to bring the grave to the attention of the Office of Australian War Graves, a replacement monument was erected to a grateful family who knew little of their grandfather.

Scantlebury Brown family grave

Scantlebury Brown grave - beforeScantlebury Brown grave - after

The subject of our first historic marker back in September 2009, the Friends facilitated the restoration of the grave of the Scantlebury Brown family, a project which was completed in January 2013 thanks to a generous grant from the Federal Government.

The Vera Scantlebury Brown, restoring the grave of a pioneering Medical Practitioner is supported through funding from the Australian Government's Your Community Heritage Program.

John Henry Smith and Walkling family

John Henry Smith and Walkling family grave - beforeJohn Henry Smith and Walkling family grave - after

The Friends facilitated the restoration of the Walkling grave where John Henry Smith is buried, one of just five known African-American veterans of the US Civil War (1861-65) in Australia.  The grave also includes a bronze plaque supplied by the US Veterans' Department that formally recognises Smith's military service.  We acknowedge the support of W. D. Rose Funerals, Cheltenham as well as the generosity of the Walkling family descendants, The Shenandoahs Crew Australia Inc and the Civil War Rountable Australia.