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Time Immemorial at Bunurong Memorial Park


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

Following a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC), the Time Immemorial panel conversation will look the cemetery’s upcoming Miscarriage Memorial and discuss varying practices of memorialisation. 


  • Damian Ramondetta, SMCT, Chief Customer Officer
  • Hayley West, Artist and Death Literacy Advocate
  • Melissa King, MISS, Founder and President
  • Moderated by Amy Muir, Director, MUIR Architecture

In Memorial Landscapes: Aspirations + Design, SMCT's Head of Property, Infrastructure & Facilities, Nicholas Beck 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.

Self-serve lunch

Refuel with a thoughtfully curated lunch, incorporating native ingredients and herbs grown on site in BMP's communal garden.

Afternoon breakout sessions

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

Option one: Memorial Landscapes: Aspect Studio Tour 

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

Option two: 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. 

Option three: 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.  

Option four: 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.  

Image: Genesis Lake, Bunurong Memorial Park. Jonathan Lang for Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 1 June

General admission: $120 + booking fee
Concessions/Members: $95 + booking fee

9.30am Arrival for morning tea
10am Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country with BLCAC
11am Time Immemorial panel conversation
12.15pm Lunch (provided)
1pm Memorial Landscapes: Aspirations + Design
2pm Breakout sessions followed by afternoon tea
4pm Event concludes

Please note:

  • All tickets include entry to morning panel discussions and one of four afternoon breakout sessions. 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.
  • Capacities for each afternoon breakout session are limited to 20 people. Please make your selection at the time of purchase - this operates on a first in basis.

BMP Visiting hours: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm 

Transport: Enter via main gates for parking. Please note that there may be a short (maximum 10-15 minutes) walk from the parking lot to the venue. There is also public transport access via the Route 901 bus that stops at our grounds' entrance.

Venues are wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair is available upon request.

  • Please ensure any accessibility requirements are communicated by 5pm, Monday 20 May.


Fully wheelchair accessible, Auslan interpretation available upon request


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


_Design + Death is presented by Open House Melbourne in partnership with Major Program Partner Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and Program Partners Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust and DeathTech Research Team in association with the University of Melbourne School of Computing and Information Systems and School of Culture and Communication._

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