The Vanitas Experience at Melbourne General Cemetery

 “The whole experience unravelled layer upon layer of thought and emotion and challenged to immerse myself in experience, to the point that I was a part of the story.
I loved the final act of giving, a beautiful way to finish!”

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.

Loved ones honoured at special Christmas Remembrance Service

Over 400 guests attended the 2017 Christmas Remembrance Service at Bunurong Memorial Park on 14 December.

SMCT 2017 Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting held at Springvale Botanical Cemetery within The Atrium on 11 December 2017.

Many voices, singing as one

The spirit of our first Christmas Carols on the Lawn echoed Brian Eno who said, “When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness, because acapella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community...[read more]

A special community service honours the lives of children

Over 500 guests attended the 2017 Children’s Christmas Remembrance Service held at Springvale Botanical Cemetery on 3 December.

Life - Summer Edition

This edition includes articles describing our activities and services that ensure we remain a constant advocate for the communities we serve, our people and our industry.

2017 All Souls Day at SMCT

On the weekend of the Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November, Spring sunshine greeted nearly 3,000 guests attending All Souls' Day services across four key sites of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

RSL Remembrance Day Service 2017

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) are proud that the Australian War Graves is located within the grounds of Springvale Botanical Cemetery. It is within these grounds that we co host the annual RSL Remembrance Day Service together with the Returned Servicemen’s League.

Revamped Halloween tours sold out at Melbourne General Cemetery

On 31 October, over 300 guests flocked to the iconic Melbourne General Cemetery to enjoy a night of mystery and history at the newly revamped Halloween night tours. The still evening air was given an atmospheric twist with the addition of actors playing special characters...

2017 - Police Remembrance End of Day Reflection

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and Springvale Botanical Cemetery were proud to have hosted the End of Day Reflection Service on National Police Remembrance Day, Friday, 29 September 2017.

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.