Bunurong Memorial Park. Image by Jonathan Lang for Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Design + Death | Time Immemorial Past Event

Presented by Open House Melbourne


Sat 01 Jun 9:30am - 4:00pm


Booking Required


The Sanctuary, Bunurong Memorial Park
790 Frankston - Dandenong Rd, Dandenong South VIC 3175, Australia


Accessible bathroom, Auslan interpreted, Seating available, Wheelchair accessible

Held in collaboration with the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) and Open House Melbourne, Design + Death | Time Immemorial invites audiences to explore the intersection of design and death as expressed at Bunurong Memorial Park.

10AM—12.15PM – Following a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC), the Memorialisation + Miscarriage panel moderated by Amy Muir, in conversation with Damian Ramondetta, Hayley West and Melissa King, will look at the cemetery’s new Miscarriage Memorial and discuss varying practices of memorialisation.

12.30PM—2PM – After a thoughtfully curated buffet lunch In Memorial Landscapes | Aspirations + Design, SMCT’s Chief Operating Officer Con Rodas and Aspect Studio’s Kirsten Bauer discuss how they tackled the unique brief for creating an inclusive space to meet the cultural, spiritual and future needs of the Victorian community.

2.15PM—4PM Breakout sessions + afternoon tea

Gain a greater understanding of the cemetery’s design and its ongoing operations in one of a series of interactive afternoon breakout sessions.

Memorial Landscapes | Aspect Studio Tour

Join Aspect Studio’s Kirsten Bauer on a tour to hear about the planning, design and natural environments that shape and connect the space.

Call of the Dreaming

Presented by proud Bunurong woman Jillian West, this session explores Bunurong Memorial Park as a part of the cycle of birth, life and death on traditional Bunurong land.

Grave Matters | Sustainability in Cemeteries

Hear Environmental Strategy Manager Nina Thomas on SMCT’s environmental strategy, being green within cemeteries, and the rise in popularity of natural burials.

The Language of Flowers

SMCT’s Florist Team Leader Gina Kelly takes you through designing your own beautiful hand-tied classic floral bouquet, using predominantly locally grown flowers.

General admission: $120 + booking fee

Concession/Members: $95 + booking fee

Please note all tickets include entry to morning panel discussions and one of four afternoon breakout sessions. Capacities for afternoon breakout sessions are limited to 20 people. Selections can be made at the time of purchase – this operates on a first in basis.  A light morning tea will be available upon arrival, plus a buffet lunch and afternoon tea refreshments. Please advise of dietaries by 5pm, Monday 20 May.

Design + Death is presented by Open House Melbourne, supported by Major Program Partner Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Program Partners DeathTech Research Team and the School of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne, and Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.  


Con Rodas, SMCT's Chief Operating Officer
Kirsten Bauer, Aspect Studio
Jillian West
Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC)
Amy Muir, RMIT University and Director, MUIR Architecture
Damian Ramondetta, SMCT, Chief Customer Office
Hayley West, Artist and Death Literacy Advocate
Melissa King, MISS, Founder and President
Nina Thomas, SMCT Environmental Strategy Manager