News

All Souls Day Services 2018

Over the weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November, Southern Metropolitan Cemetery Trust was honoured to host almost 3,000 members of the community during the All Souls Day services.

RSL Remembrance Service at Springvale War Cemetery

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust was honoured to co-host the RSL Remembrance Service at the Springvale War Cemetery located at Springvale Botanical Cemetery on Sunday 4 November 2018.

Vigil Candle Lit on National Police Remembrance Day

Each year Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust is honoured to partner with Victoria Police on National Police Remembrance Day on 29 September. 

Lotus Garden opens with the recognition of Chinese Australians

In this 200-year anniversary of Chinese in Australia, the newly established Lotus Garden at Springvale Botanical Cemetery opened with the honouring of Chinese Australian, David Neng Hwan Wang who settled in Melbourne in 1948 and became a civic and community leader and household name in the latter part of the 20th Century.

Life - Spring Edition

The Spring edition of Life focuses on honour and service – the importance of honouring the past and of having special places to visit to reflect and remember the service given to us from those who have shaped our lives.

One Million Stories - 200 years of Chinese Australians

We are pleased to announce the upcoming event ‘One Million Stories’, hosted at Springvale Botanical Cemetery’s Lotus Garden and conducted as part of the Chinese Museum’s current exhibition.

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust announcement of Trust appointments

We have recently been advised of a number of appointments to the Trust, effective 1 July 2018.

SMCT are leading the way

Our CEO, Jane Grover took time recently with renowned grief expert, Dr Alan Wolfelt to discuss how SMCT is leading the way in transforming the power and purpose of cemeteries. The resulting article appeared in International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association magazine. Read it here…

Upcoming release of Natural burial options at Bunurong Memorial Park

We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of Murrun Naroon ‘Life Spirit’, a new and unique natural burial option positioned in a beautiful native bushland environment at Bunurong Memorial Park.

Life - Winter Edition 2018

We are dedicated to creating unique experiences and work in partnership with our surrounds to support the living throughout their grief journey. In this issue we explore this journey through Glorious food and Flowers, embracing our Community at the Heart, Preserving Culture in our community and upcoming tours and events across all sites.

Official Opening and Blessing of Melbourne’s Saint Michael the Archangel Mausoleum

On Thursday 17 May, the beautiful Saint Michael the Archangel Mausoleum was officially opened and blessed.

Bunurong Memorial Park awarded Gold in Melbourne Design awards

We are delighted to announce that Bunurong Memorial Park was awarded Gold for the Urban Design category in the 2018 Melbourne Design Awards.

2018 Mother’s Day Remembrance Service at Bunurong Memorial Park

Over 200 people in our community came together to honour our Mothers who are no longer with us.

Life - Autumn Edition

In a world where change is constant, it is small gestures of kindness that make us uniquely human. Care, compassion
and community are the ordinary virtues that underpin a good society. The Autumn edition of Life focuses on our valued community.

SMCT Honoured to Now Serve Sorrento's Community

On 12 December 2017, Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) was formally appointed to manage the Sorrento Cemetery (SC).

Victoria's Proud War History Lives on Through our Booklet

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust was delighted to recently publish the booklet; Victorian War Heritage – The Rich War History of Springvale War Cemetery and Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

Bunurong Memorial Park's Cremation Viewing Room Upgraded

The witness cremation viewing room at the Bunurong Memorial Park (BMP) crematorium was recently recently refurbished.

Artist’s trail winds its way to Bunurong Memorial Park

In early February this year, SMCT was excited to install two works from prominent Australian artists Greg Johns, At the centre (There is nothing) 2012 and Inge King, Jabaroo 1989 at Bunurong Memorial Park (BMP).

SMCT receives Runner-Up award in the ‘Best Wellbeing Program’

SMCT staff Activate Health program resulted in a Runner-Up award in the ‘Best Wellbeing Program’ category at the 25th National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) Awards

Sorrento Public Cemetery

On 12 December 2017, Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust was formally appointed to manage the Sorrento Public Cemetery.

Springvale Botanical Cemetery’s Cremation Viewing Room Upgraded

In keeping with our commitment to provide beautiful spaces in which to honour and celebrate life, the family witness cremation viewing room at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery crematorium has recently been refurbished and upgraded.

Dr Alan Wolfelt Visits our Centre for Care & Wellbeing at Springvale Botanical Cemetery

Understanding Grief: Touchstones in Hope and Healing, was designed to explain the touchstones specifically to grieving families and was delivered by Dr Alan Wolfelt to a capacity audience at The Centre for Care and Wellbeing.

Bunurong Memorial Park - Runner up in 2016 American Cemetery Excellence Awards

We are delighted to share the recent announcement that Bunurong Memorial Park (BMP) was runner up in the 2016 American Cemetery Excellence Awards.