Heritage conservation works at Bendigo Cemetery’s Mortuary Chapel have started.

The mortuary was awarded a $200,000 Living Heritage Grant to repair the roof, bell fleche and interior floor, and reinstate the stormwater drainage system.

Built in 1873, the picturesque, granite mortuary deteriorated over time and had to be closed to the public due to health and safety concerns. The conservation works will allow the multi-denominational chapel to once again become available for weddings, music recitals, receptions, and its original function as a mortuary chapel.

Works started this week, with the project due for completion by the end of June.

The Living Heritage Grants Program marks the largest State Government investment in the conservation and activation of heritage places in Victoria's history! There are currently over sixty Living Heritage Grant projects under way across the state. New grants will be available when the next round opens on February 1.

For more information visit the Living Heritage program website.