Rutherglen Cemetery Foundation

The Rutherglen Cemetery Foundation funds enhancements and beautification of the Carlyle Cemetery grounds. The Carlyle Cemetery of the Rutherglen Township, is an important symbol of the town’s legacy and heritage and is featured in Rutherglen’s tourism drives and cycling tours. 

Founded in 2002 by locally-born businessman John Pearce. His vision is for the Carlyle Cemetery to become a lawn cemetery – a place with beautiful grounds as a sign of respect for the people who’ve been before us.

Establishing this foundation has been a way for John to make a contribution to his hometown of Rutherglen. He hopes that it can deliver improvements to the cemetery that the town’s people can be proud of. He invites others who share these views to contribute funds so that the foundation can continue its work.

The Carlyle Cemetery was established around 1865, and is the resting place of many of the town’s families.  It also contains Chinese burning towers from the gold rush era.

The Foundation is looking for others with a connection to Rutherglen and its people, to offer their financial support through donation or bequest, to continue its work.

If you would like to support us, please contact our lawyer and board member Rod Ambrose, who can talk directly with you about your donation.

The Foundation is extremely pleased to have the former member for Murray Valley in the Victorian Legislative Assembly for 34 years, Mr Ken Jasper, who has been a resident of Rutherglen for his entire life, as our chairman.