About us


J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors became a member of the InvoCare family of funeral homes in March 2018, combining our local connections and solid reputation with InvoCare's expertise to deliver outstanding customer service to Launceston families from our funeral home on Brisbane Street.

We have served the Northern Tasmanian Community for over 135 years. We pride ourselves on being large enough to offer the full range of funeral services and facilities.

At the same time, we are small enough to be able to spend the time to genuinely care for you and your family.

Call J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors on (03) 6331 2488.

Our history

A 135 year history in Launceston.

In 1883 an Irish immigrant, John Dunn, established a stone masonry business in a yard where Launceston’s Town Clock now stands. In 1893 Mr Dunn’s sons Thomas, John & William joined the firm and moved the yard to Brisbane Street, firstly on the corner of the Kingsway and then, in 1909, to the present site.

In 1954, Mr JA Dunn, grandson of the company's founder, entered the firm into the funeral industry. The business gradually expanded to become one of the most respected, both in the local community and throughout the funeral services industry. Today, it is "Jack's" children and grandchildren who continue the tradition, making J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors one of Tasmania's oldest continually family owned & operated businesses.

In March 2018, J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors became a member of the InvoCare family of funeral homes. We continue to serve Launceston families from the same address on Brisbane Street, where we've been since 1909.


Old black and white photograph of J.A. Dunn Funeral Directors

Our People

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

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 Thomas

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 Phillips

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.

Proudly part of InvoCare. InvoCare is Australia’s leading provider of funeral, cemetery, crematoria and related services.