Ellis Gateway at Nillumbik Cemetery - Physical Description 1
Tuck pointed red brick, distinctive Tudor revival Ellis gateway, with a rendered entablature bearing the letters JANVA VITAE on one side and William Ellis's name on the other with the date 1897 (bequest), a basalt impost course and plinth, rendered buttress copings, wrought-iron gates, timber picketed gates set in adjacent chain-wire on timber frame and shaped posts; weatherboarded (chamfer board) octagonal pavilion store with finial, corrugated iron roof. Layout simple linear rows, white quartz surfaced paths now grown over, some iron markers. Italian and/or funereal or Bhutan ('Cupressus torulosa'?) cypress among planting with mature Monterey cypress hedge at front, oleander just inside entrance gateway (similarities to St Helena Greensborough, nearby?), some mature native planting ('Acacia melanoxylon') and inappropriate raised native garden beds at entrance and later shelters. Recent wire and paling fences to side and rear.
Graves include an old group on the main drive.
Memorials to: WiIIiam SCameron, killed on the Victorian Railways 20.1.1886 erected by fellow workmen, made by WH Williams of Hotham; Ann Gregory 27.1.1891; : Children of John & Honor Lawrey, 1869- (made by Cross & Co., Simpsons Road, Collingwood); Rosamond Wilson (Cross & Co) 7.1878 et. a1.; Boyd family; Godburgh family grave and garden via Wilson family; Cummings; Jackson; George Stebbings; James Whyte, killed in the Diamond Mine, 12.5.1908 (white marble, poor condition).