Meet Us

Meet Us

Australian Heritage Funerals was established in 1998 by the McGrath -Colquhoun family and is 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…..

Judith McGrath-Colquhoun

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 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 latin 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.


I work at Heritage Funerals as a Funeral Consultant and Director and assist with Public Relations. I have previous experience in Hospital and High School Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care.
I love being able to help and guide people at a time when they feel most helpless or unsure of what to do. For us, nothing is too difficult or too unusual. We all work as a team and are completely committed in our various roles to provide support and comfort to the families we assist on a daily basis.
To relax and unwind I love to go to the movies, read and do crosswords, but travelling is my passion and I am looking forward to a white Christmas this year!


In my position at Heritage Funerals as an Office Administrator and Funeral Consultant, I feel that I am able to help people get through one of the hardest things they will have to do. I love that at Heritage Funerals we have such meaningful contact with families rather than just being a voice on the end of the phone. The care and compassion we show our clients and each other is often commented on by our clients and I find this very fulfilling.
Spending time with my family is how I like to relax, and a little bit of craft and cake decorating helps me to unwind on the weekends.


In my role as a Mortician and Funeral Assistant I really feel like I am helping people. I love knowing that I have assisted in making this difficult time slightly easier for someone grieving. Working in the Mortuary is something I have been interested in for several years, it gives me a great deal of satisfaction. I love being part of the team at Heritage Funerals and enjoy the mutual respect that the team has in our individual roles, each of which is esssential in providing the families with the best service possible. I don't seem to have a lot of spare time these days, but I relax by reading, walking the dog and spending time with my family.

Lawson Colquhoun

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 work as a Funeral Assistant and I consider being able to care for a family at such an emotional time as an honour, and hearing their precious memories and experiences is so heartwarming. I am very happy to be working with such a warm and friendly team at Heritage Funerals who genuinely care for the families we look after.
Apart from my work at Heritage Funerals, I love renovating houses and reading - when I have time!


I enjoy my work at Heritage Funerals as an Assistant 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 over six 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 Assistant, 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 my role as the secretary of my local Men’s Shed, where older men enjoy friendship, companionship and most importantly support one another.