Central Cemetries
Region B, Zone 4

Brixton Cemetery holds many war graves from throughout South Africa’s history. There is monument near the main entrance which commemorates the South Africans who died in the First World War. There is a second First World War monument in Main Drive, erected in memory of the South African Scottish Regiment.

Other famous people buried here include Randlord Lionel Phillips, who was buried in the early 1900s, as was his wife, Lady Florence, who established what became the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Sir George Albu, who established the mining house that became Billiton, is buried in Brixton.

Gandhi played a role in the building of the first Hindu crematorium in Johannesburg, and the first in Africa. In 1908, Gandhi negotiated with the town council to settle on Brixton Cemetery as a suitable plot for a crematorium. A wood-burning crematorium was built in 1918 and still stands, although a brick, gas-fired crematorium was built in 1956 which is still used.

Mary Fitzgerald, Johannesburg’s deputy mayor in 1915 and the person after whom the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown is named, is also buried in Brixton.
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Between Caroline and Bartlet streets, Brixton