Our History

Le Pine's founding man

In the 1870s, Joseph Le Pine fled his homeland of France and came to Melbourne with his family.

Joseph worked as a cabinet maker – in the early days of funeral services it was common for coffins to be made by a carpenter, a cabinet maker or similar artisan.

It was also common for the manufacturer of coffins to assist families in making funeral arrangements. By 1891, Joseph was established as an undertaker in the growing colonial city of Melbourne.

From this 1891 beginning, Le Pine Funerals are now a network of 20 funeral homes; each one providing all the care and guidance a family needs to plan a funeral that offers a unique celebration of the life of someone special to them.