3 Hastings Road
155 Sladen Street

About Us

A History of Serving Ex-service Personnel

Alan Manning was a Petty Officer on the Wangpoo supply ship in the Second World War. After the war, Alan worked with his father, Bert Manning, making coffins in his father’s factory in Grosvenor St, Prahran. After a couple of years, Alan saw there was a need for a funeral company to serve the ex-service soldiers. He built a funeral home at 374 Burke Road Glen Iris in 1940, namely Alan Manning Funerals. In particular, he cared for TPI soldiers, friendless soldiers, RSL members, The Rats of Tobruk and the 39s.

Alan Manning would offer poor and needy families of Australian soldiers a $550 full funeral service. In the 1960s, Margaret and Kevin Reardon joined the company and moved into the residence, becoming managers of the company. Seeing there were many returned soldiers and Vietnam veterans living around Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, he purchased Ronald Jensen funeral home in Plenty Rd, Preston. Alan Manning worked very closely with the Padres from the Repatriation Hospital and continued to be highly regarded in the RSL fraternity.

Mannings Funerals is today managed by Brian McMannis. Since early 2015, we have had a new branch in Cranbourne. We continue the tradition of looking after ex-service personnel and their families in particular, with relationships with RSL sub-branches and various Vietnam Veterans associations.
For years, Mannings has witnessed and embraced the changes and opportunities that multi-culturalism has brought to Melbourne and is experienced in caring for families from many backgrounds

If a private chapel is required, we use the facilities at various crematoria. This helps us to continue to offer a low-cost and uncomplicated, yet still compassionate, alternative.

We help families all across Melbourne and will travel to your home to meet with you.

Cranbourne Office

155 Sladen Street,
Cranbourne Victoria 3977
Ph: (03) 9562 1855

Frankston Office

3 Hastings Road,
Frankston 3199
Ph: (03) 8781 1400