The mortuary chapel is now open.

THE recently refurbished mortuary chapel at Bendigo Cemetery was opened on Friday.

The gothic revival style mortuary chapel, built in 1873, was in a very poor condition and was closed to the public due to health and safety concerns.

Refurbishment works to repair the roof, bell fleche, and interior floor and reinstate the stormwater drainage system to move water away from the building have been completed.

The chapel was opened by member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, who said residents are lucky to have so many significant heritage places across the state which provide a wide range of social, cultural and economic benefits.

“The program is an investment in the both the past and future of communities and will help ensure our heritage is preserved for many generations to enjoy,” she said.

“We need to take great care of our heritage assets – and these repairs and upgrades will ensure this treasured location will remain part of Bendigo for many decades to come.”

The restoration works were made possible thanks to $200,000 funding from the Victorian government’s Living Heritage Grants Program.

The works allow the multi-denominational chapel to once again become available for weddings, music recitals, receptions, and its original function as a mortuary chapel.

The $38.5 million program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic heritage listed sites all over the state including Ned Kelly’s House at Beveridge and the Polly Woodside in Melbourne.