October 1857 a notice in the Victorian Gazette advised of
the appointment of trustees for the ground set apart at
Keilor as a site for a general cemetery.
The first burial, however, had taken place in April 1856
when Ellen Blanche, the nine year old daughter of Ebenezer
and Elizabeth Bonfield, was laid to rest. From those
early burial registers in which age was recorded, it is
interest to compare mortality rate, to the age of the deceased.
From 1856 to 1890 the total number of deaths was 179.
Many members of Keilor's pioneer families are buried in
the cemetery. A large proportion of these early arrivals
were from Ireland, Scotland and England.