Nillumbik Cemetery Diamond Creek

Published Jun, 2021

A red brick gateway is the entrance to Nillumbik Cemetery, Diamond Creek. It was erected in 1897 by the executor of the will of William Ellis who bequeathed £100 for its construction.

Nillumbik Cemetery is one of a number of Pioneer Cemeteries in the district with burials going back to its establishment in 1867.  The cemetery has been managed and maintained by Trustees since that time and it still is today.  The Trustees are volunteers who give their time to keep the cemetery in the condition they and the community should expect, with dedicated working bees for important times of the year – Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and Christmas – plus regular and ongoing maintenance.

The Nillumbik Cemetery Trust has a website with the option to search burials up to 2017.  It is the only place to find the official records of burials held for the cemetery.

In 2012, the Nillumbik Historical Society held a talk and tour at the cemetery.  It was part of an event over two days with tours of thirteen Closed and Pioneer Cemeteries across Nillumbik Shire and other historic locations to the north of Melbourne.  Each tour can be found at Discovery Trails with the Nillumbik Cemetery tour at


Got a question or some interesting facts?  Leave a comment and we’ll reply.


  1. Yvonne Doornekamp

    Thank you, you are so easier to contact now. My mother Ada Bartlett was buried
    It says 2 compartments dose that mean someone else could be buried in her grave
    I purchased the grave next her her as well I can’t give you that grave number I do have the receipt in my files, think I could find it
    How many compartments are in the second grave
    I would like to know the fees for grave maintenance
    Thank you
    Yvonne Doornekamp

  2. nillumbikhistory

    The Secretary of the Nillumbik Cemetery Trust will be able to answer your questions and clarify what you need to know. They Trust has their own website and you can contact them there so they can answer you directly by email or phone as you prefer. The website is – – click on Contact then Email Secratery. This will send an email directly to the Secretary.

  3. Franca

    What does the Latin inscription Janva Vitae on the gates to the Diamond Creek cemetery mean? I know vitae is ‘life’ however I can’t find a translation for Janva. Thanks

    • nillumbikhistory

      Hello Franca, Janva Vitae translates to gate of life or gateway of life. There is a longer phrase Mort Janva Vitae which means death is the gateway of life. Both reflect the religious belief that death is moving on to a spiritual eternal life. I believe that Janva can also be found spelt Janua and if you search for that there are some interesting results. We hope this helps.


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