The Box Hill cemetery has a new lease on life, with hundreds of new graves for sale.
General manager Philip Bachelor said many people believed the cemetery was full but after digging out old records, hundreds of unused graves had been recovered and a new part of the cemetery had also been opened.
“Sadly, for years the cemetery has been turning away families,” Dr Bachelor said.
“Many want to make sure they or their parents are buried near relatives.”
Dr Bachelor said all graves were sold in perpetuity and didn’t have a limited tenure.
But he said dozens of previously purchased graves had remained unused for decades, and these were now being re-released.
“People buy graves for themselves or their spouse or kids, to be in a family cluster, but they don’t tell their kids, or they get cremated and you end up with plots just sitting there,” he said.
Dr Bachelor said about 300 of 1200 new graves had already been sold and there was plenty of demand for them, which cost between $14,000 and $24,000.
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