Australian Heritage Funerals was established in 1998 by the McGrath -Colquhoun family and remains family owned, being managed by Judith McGrath-Colquhoun. Judith works actively in the day-to-day running of the funeral home. Our son Lawson has joined the company and we are delighted to have him continue the family tradition. We are also fortunate to be supported by a team of warm, caring and experienced staff. Learn a little about us…..
As the Owner and Managing Director of Australian Heritage Funerals, my overall priority is to ensure that we deliver exceptional service every day. That each and every thing we do is of the highest standards and helps the families who rely on us.
I love the variety and complexity of my work. Every day is different and an opportunity to help and support someone, to provide comfort during one of life’s most difficult times. That is very special to me and why I come to work each day. We receive wonderful letters of appreciation and verbal thanks on almost a daily basis and so I also find this work very satisfying on a deep personal level. I am very fortunate to work with wonderful caring people. Each contributes greatly to what we do and I am grateful to each and every one of them.
I am very involved with our community having served on the CentaCare Board for over 12 years, The Toowoomba Hospice Board for 5 years and the Zonta Club of Toowoomba Board recently for 2 years. I am also currently on the Board of the Australian Funeral Directors Association, Queensland division, in the position of treasurer. As well as a member of various other groups in Toowoomba, I also present educational sessions to many other groups, clubs and staff members of Nursing Homes, Hospitals etc every year.
I enjoy spending my spare time with family and friends (often in various coffee shops!) or escape into the garden. Recently I decided to try something new so I am learning dancing, which I thoroughly enjoy.
My parents were both Funeral Directors, now retired, and although I originally worked as a teacher, I was drawn to Funeral Care and I am passionate about the work we do. For me, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else or doing anything else. I feel this is very special work and a honour and a privilege to work with our client families.
My role at Heritage Funerals is as a Funeral Consultant and Office Administrator. My sense of job satisfaction comes from knowing that I can help people by guiding them through the initial process of loss and grief as we plan the funeral, offering compassion based on my own personal experience of loss. I love helping people plan a very personal service with those special little touches that mean so much. The staff here are like an extension of my family and we all have the same vision to help families.
My beautiful garden is where I take myself to have time out - it is a lot of work but I love it, and I also spend as much time as I can with my family.
My role at Australian Heritage Funerals is that of Funeral Director and Mortuary Technician, and there are a number of reasons why I love my job so much. Firstly, it is not your standard career path and secondly, I never dread the end of weekends or holidays coming to a close. I find in this position, time flies by and the role is so varied, that before I know it, another day is done. I often get asked by friends and colleagues, "How do you do it?" My answer is simple, I enjoy the fact that what I do is meaningful and to receive feedback from family members such as "Mum hasn't looked this beautiful since..." and "You have been a wonderful help with..." makes it all worthwhile.
I have recently joined the family business and find myself doing a large variety of work. I enjoy this because I am able to help in many areas and gain valuable experience and knowledge.
I appreciate the careful planning and attention to detail that goes into each funeral arrangement and the way every family is treated with dignity, respect and compassion. I especially like the way that everyone here goes to great lengths to help the families. I enjoy 'going bush' when I am not at work, camping, four wheel driving and working on a friend's farm.
I enjoy my work at Heritage Funerals as a Funeral Director. It’s a chance to meet new people, as well as to help them in this time in their lives. I have been working here for many years, and during that time I have appreciated being part of a committed and dedicated team, who enjoy the challenge of providing the best possible service to the families of the deceased in their time of need. The feedback we receive from grateful relatives is most rewarding.
By providing a friendly and professional service in my role as a Funeral Director, I feel as though I can make a difference for families when they need it most.
I am proud to be part of a team that meets the needs of those people who are looking for guidance and assistance and I really admire the dedication and experience of all of the staff I work with.
When I am not at work, I enjoy time at my local Men’s Shed, where older men enjoy friendship, companionship and most importantly support one another.
I joined the team at AHF as a natural progression for me from my previous role in aged care, where I helped many families along the pathway to the end of life. It’s strange but the question that people ask me the most when they find out I am a Funeral Consultant is “isn’t it depressing?” and my reply is always the same; “This is the most rewarding role I have ever had. Helping to celebrate a person’s life is the best thing you could ever do”. Because Australian Heritage Funerals is a smaller company, we can offer very personalised care and service to each of our clients. Our team at AHF are all here, because they genuinely want to help others, and I am very proud to be a part of that.
Compassion and empathy and many years as working as a volunteer at the local hospice is what inspired me to join the AHF Team as a Funeral Director. My respect for all forms of life, radiates into a comforting respect and deep compassion for the bereaved family and friends, and for the person who has died. I believe that the family environment created by the team at AHF allows for personal ties with each and every family.
In my spare time, I love cycling, hiking, travelling, gardening, joinery and reading.
The caring work environment and the chance to offer compassion and respect to those in need are the main reasons that I joined the Australian Heritage Funerals team. I just love working in this role because I can provide compassion, dignity and care for people in need and during what may be some of the worst time in the lives, the passing of a loved one. In my spare time I like to spend time with his family and friends.