Celebrating 136 Years

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Our Family History

K.M.Smith. Six generations of dedicated service.

There is something very re-assuring about placing your trust with a company that's been around for six generations. This remarkable story began back in 1864 when John Smith and Kate Mary Farrell arrived in Australia on separate ships. They met and married in Somerset on Cape York Peninsula.

Having been a Royal Marines Infantryman, John became a Water Police Constable in Somerset but was also employed by the Queensland Government as a carpenter.


In 1874, John began a cabinet making business in Elizabeth Street in Brisbane, which also made the occasional coffin. After his untimely death in 1886, his wife Kate Mary took over the reins and, as Brisbane's first lady Funeral Director, became the first lady of Queensland funerals. The family business was called K.M.Smith Funeral Directors... And the rest is history.

No other funeral firm in Brisbane has such a long established heritage. Current Directors Allen and Denise Smith are the great grand children of John and Kate Mary. It is a matter of family pride that Allen's son Liam is the Chairman, embracing the traditional values and high standards of his forebears.

To this day, K.M.Smith remains a 100% Australian family-owned company.

Kate Mary recognised as a significant business-women of Queensland

Recently, Kate Mary was widely recognised for her role as a significant business-women in Queensland's history by being inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a joint initiative of the Queensland Government, the State Library of Queensland, the QUT Business School and various industry partners and it recognises the public contribution made by leaders of business and leading businesses to the reputation of Queensland and the development of its economy.

Kate Mary, the first lady of funerals, sits proudly beside other significant Queensland icons such as Clem Jones, Don Argus, Golden Circle, Steve Irwin and Qantas in the Hall of Fame. Click on the logo below to go to Kate Mary's record in the Hall of Fame website.