J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors is the longest operating funeral home in Launceston, having served the northern Tasmanian community for more than 135 years.
From our funeral home on Brisbane Street, we have a proud, long-standing tradition of providing exceptional care and guidance for people at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.
We are known as the “friendly funeral home.” We love what we do, we love our families, and we are always privileged to be invited into the hearts of families during what can be a very difficult time in their lives.
J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors was first established in 1883 by Irish immigrant, John Dunn, as J. Dunn Marble and Monumental Works.
Mr Dunn established the stone masonry business in a yard where Launceston’s town clock now stands. In 1893, Mr Dunn’s sons Thomas, John and William joined the business and moved the yard to Brisbane Street.
In 1954, J.A. (Jack) Dunn, grandson of the company’s founder, entered the business into the funeral industry. The business gradually expanded and today it is Jack's children and grandchildren who continue the tradition, making J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors one of Tasmania's oldest businesses.
Famously in 1981, J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors was chosen to conduct the funeral for Dame Enid Muriel Lyons – the first woman elected to the House of Representatives and the first woman to serve in federal cabinet. Prior to her own political career, she was best known as the wife of Joseph Lyons, who was Prime Minister of Australia (1932–1939) and Premier of Tasmania (1923–1928).
Location manager Simon Rice has been with J.A. Dunn Funerals since 2018 and has been a funeral director in Launceston since 2004. Simon was born and raised in Fingal and started his career in the funeral industry at age 24.
As well as being our location manager and arranging and conducting funerals, Simon also likes helping families with monumental work such as bronze plaques, headstones and grave refurbishments.
Simon Phillips has been a funeral director for Dunn’s for 25 years. Simon’s son Oscar has followed in his father’s footsteps, joining the business in 2018. Funeral director Robyn Thomas has been with Dunn’s for 15 years.
J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors prides itself on being large enough to offer the full range of funeral services and facilities but at the same time, being small enough to be able to spend the time to genuinely care for you and your family.
We can help arrange any type of funeral. For example, you may want to hold the funeral service for your loved one at our chapel, at a local church or another destination such as a park, club or private residence that holds special meaning for your family.
“As long as it doesn’t break the law, we will figure out a way to accommodate your family’s wishes,” Mr Rice said.
J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors is a proud supporter of local charities and community groups. We have strong ties to Kings Meadows Bowls Club, the Catholic Parish of Launceston, and the Rotary Club of Central Launceston.
We are also major sponsors of the Kings Meadows Bowls Clun Christmas Carnival. And the Dunn family have been long-time parishioners of Church of the Apostles. The tabernacle in the church was even constructed and donated by the Dunn family.
J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors is available any time you need us. We're with you every step of the way.
Simon Rice JP
Simon is our Location Manager at J. A. Dunn Funeral Directors. Simon has been with us since April 2018 but has been a funeral director in Launceston since 2004. Simon was born and raised at Fingal before moving to Launceston for further education.
After completing his education in Launceston, Simon worked in the dental and optical fields before starting his career in the funeral industry at age 24. As well as being our Location Manager and arranging and conducting funerals, Simon also likes helping families with monumental work such as bronze plaques, headstones and grave refurbishments.
Simon is a Justice of the Peace for Tasmania and a very active member of the Rotary Club of Central Launceston.
Outside of work, Simon is an avid reader and animal lover.
Simon Phillips is our Location Supervisor at J. A. Dunn Funeral Directors. Simon has been a funeral director with us since 1995. As well as Location Supervisor, Simon arranges and conducts funeral services and is also the person who takes care of your loved ones while in our care.
Simon has seen a lot of changes in the funeral industry over his many years caring for the families of Tasmania. With his calm and quiet approach, along with his can-do attitude, there is no scenario that is too difficult for Simon.
When not at work, Simon is a keen athlete who enjoys cycling, running and orienteering. He also likes looking after his fur-babies Hudson, Milly and Louis.
Robyn has been a funeral director with J. A. Dunn Funeral Directors since 2005. Robyn is also our main administration person. It is generally Robyn’s friendly face you will see first when you come into our funeral home. Robyn’s wealth of knowledge is significant as she also worked at Carr Villa Memorial Park for 20 years before becoming a funeral director. Robyn has keen record keeping and detective skills, a talent she gained while working at the Office of The Director of Public Prosecutions.
Outside of work, Robyn is heavily involved in the Order of The Eastern Star which is a division of the Masonic Fraternity. Robyn and her husband Don travel extensively for the Order. She is also the doting Mum of her fur-baby, Midge and Grammi to her grandson Logan.
Oscar commenced working at J. A. Dunn Funeral Directors in 2018. He completed his education at Launceston Church Grammar School before undertaking employment in a diverse range of roles including hospitality, landscaping and the music industry. Oscar has travelled widely in Europe and all over Australia as part of his sporting endeavours and still maintains an interest in health and fitness. Oscar’s calm and empathetic nature, diligence and attention to detail make him a welcome addition to the company.