Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery: Community Use Survey

We are a team of researchers at the University of Melbourne studying the design of cemeteries. Your responses to this survey will help us to understand how people use cemeteries that have been closed to new burials for a number of years. We are particularly interested in your experience (or lack of experience) with your local cemetery: Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery.

For more details about this survey, see the bottom of this page.
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1. What is your age?
2. What is your gender?
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3. Please describe your cultural or ethnic identity.
4. What is your religion, if any?
5. How far do you live from Coburg Cemetery?
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6. How many years have you lived in the area?
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7. Do you know of any family, friends or acquaintances who are buried at Coburg Cemetery? If so, please indicate their relation to you.
8. How do you feel about living near a cemetery? (Whether or not you currently do.)
9. How often do you visit or pass through Coburg Cemetery by yourself?
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10. How often do you visit or pass through Coburg Cemetery with others?
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11. Which modes of transport have you used to visit or pass through Coburg Cemetery? [select all that apply]
12. How have you interacted with Coburg Cemetery? [select all that apply]
13. Coburg Cemetery reached capacity in 1971, and has been mostly closed to new graves since then. In the future, what would you like to see happen with this cemetery?
Thank you for your participation! We are currently recruiting local residents to take part in longer interviews about Coburg Cemetery via phone or Zoom. If you would be willing to take part in an interview, please leave your first name, phone number and/or email address:
Informed Consent—
This survey is part of a research project entitled "The Future Cemetery", run by a team of social scientists at the University of Melbourne studying how cemeteries function as both places for the memorialisation of the dead and as community spaces for the living. Thank you for your interest in participating.

Participation in this project carries minimal risks. Participation is completely voluntary. You are able to withdraw at any time. You may request to have any research material relating to you be destroyed.

The information collected in this project will be treated as confidential and only used for research purposes. We are seeking to gain insight into the everyday use of legacy cemeteries. You can remain anonymous, or identify yourself by name.

As required by the University, data gathered as a result of this project will be stored securely. The data may be used in future projects that are closely related to the theme of death and technology.

Updates on the project can be found at or by emailing:

This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or Email: All complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence please provide the name of the research team or the name or ethics ID number of the research project.

— I understand that my participation in this project is for research purposes only.
— I understand that the data from this research will be stored at the University of Melbourne for at least five years and may be used in future publications and research.
— I have been informed that the confidentiality of the information I provide will be safeguarded subject to any legal requirements; my data will be password protected and accessible only by the named researchers.
— I understand that the purpose of this research is to investigate the use of legacy cemeteries.

This survey is part of The Future Cemetery Project (LP180100757), undertaken by the DeathTech Research Team at the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.
I have read the above consent statement. *
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