- Natural Burials at Bunurong Memorial Park
- Official Opening and Blessing of Melbourne’s Saint Michael the Archangel Mausoleum
- Bunurong Memorial Park awarded Gold in 2018 Driven x Design, Melbourne Design Awards
- 2018 Mother’s Day Remembrance Service at Bunurong Memorial Park
- Artist’s trail winds its way to Bunurong Memorial Park
- Bunurong Memorial Park's Cremation Viewing Room Upgraded
- Victoria's Proud War History Lives on Through our Booklet
- SMCT Honoured to Now Serve Sorrento's Community
- The Vanitas Experience at Melbourne General Cemetery
- SMCT receives Runner-Up award in the ‘Best Wellbeing Program’
- Sorrento Public Cemetery
- Loved ones honoured at special Christmas Remembrance Service
- SMCT Annual Meeting
- Many voices, singing as one
- A special community service honours the lives of children
- SMCT All Souls Day Services
- RSL Remembrance Day Service 2017
- Revamped Halloween tours sold out at Melbourne General Cemetery
- Springvale Botanical Cemetery’s Cremation Viewing Room Upgraded
- The Sanctuary Reflection Space at Bunurong Memorial Park
- Italian Culinary Heritage Tour at Melbourne Genreal Cemetery
- Dr Alan Wolfelt Visits our Centre for Care & Wellbeing at Springvale Botanical Cemetery
- Bunurong Memorial Park - Runner up in 2016 American Cemetery Excellence Awards
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Italian Culinary Heritage Tour at Melbourne Genreal Cemetery
Melbourne General Cemetery (MGC) is rich with the history and stories of Melbourne’s waves of migrant settlers. On April 7, SMCT held its inaugural Italian Culinary Heritage Tour, as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
This community event paid homage to migrants who arrived in a foreign land, built up empires completely from scratch, and were finally laid to rest within the cemetery’s serene grounds.
The capacity audience of over 100 began the tour in the 1930’s era Gatehouse, learning about the generations of caretakers who once lived in the residence. Guests enjoyed a stunning antipasti selection put together by SMCT’s head chef Allan Koh and Café Vita et flores team, with generous assistance from event sponsor Bertocchi Smallgoods. Vintage Italian jazz ensemble Radiosuccessi played a set of 1940’s and 50’s Italian songs in tribute to the migrants of the era who shaped Melbourne’s culinary heart.
Later guests joined cemetery historian Dr Celestina Sagazio and tour guides for a walking tour, learning about notable interments including the Massoni and Ongarello families, Joe Scarso of Big Valley produce and culinary queen Mietta O’Donnell.
The unseasonably balmy night offered guests a chance to hear about the cemetery’s history as a place of reflection, and throughout the 19th century, a place people came to picnic, promenade and socialise.
After the tour, guests enjoyed further culinary selections, drawing on the flavours, key ingredients and techniques of the Italian kitchen. Sponsors Zema Estate provided a selection of wines and Dimattina served up their signature coffee blends. Many visitors ended their memorable night with a visit to the Prime Ministers’ memorial garden.