st. mary of the cross mausoleum
The Saint Mary of the Cross Mausoleum in Melbourne General Cemetery is designed for the Italian Community of Melbourne. There is very little burial space left in this historic cemetery, and the new mausoleum is a significant new opportunity for the people who want this type of burial to purchase crypts in a community space. The mausoleum is the first in Australia to combine above and belowground crypts.
The roofed space in front of the lift entrance is designed as a gathering space and as a place of committal for the coffin to depart into the lift for final interment below. The centrepiece of the gathering area, the bronze sculpture of St Mary McKillop, designed by Julie Squires, expresses St Mary’s life as a teacher and provides a potent symbol of a devoted spiritual life to which Italian Catholics are emotionally connected.
The Italian community of Melbourne, many of whom live close by in Carlton, Fitzroy and Brunswick, have enthusiastically endorsed both stages of this mausoleum development.
- MONUMENT. Issue 111 “Last Respects” Saint Mary of the Cross Mausoleum by Jacqueline Blondell