About Selwyn Allen

A superior service from Australia’s most decorated funeral director

Selwyn Allen wanted to go into funeral service when he was a teenager. He thought it would be a fitting way to help people in their time of need.

Half a century on, Selwyn can reflect on a rewarding career in the service of others.

After leaving school, he began working for one of two funeral directors who would be his sole employers over the next 32 years.

In the late 1990s, Selwyn set up his own firm, Selwyn Allen All Faiths Funerals, based in the Melbourne suburb of Mount Waverley.

Today it’s a family affair, with son Geoff following in his father’s footsteps. He started working with the company during his final year at university.

Selwyn, Geoff and funeral consultant Dorothy Hodge are committed to providing exceptional personal service to families at a reasonable price.

Whether it’s a large, small, religious or secular ceremony, Selwyn and his team’s main focus is always firmly on helping those dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Families are looked after by one staff member from the time of first contact until after the funeral is over.

No two funerals are the same, but the high level of service always will be:



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Selwyn Allen

A Life Dedicated To The Service of Others

Selwyn is the most decorated funeral director in Australia. He is a Victorian divisional past-president of the industry’s peak organisation, the Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA), and a former Chairman of the Australian Institute of Embalming (AIE), and has been honoured with life membership of both organisations. The accolades are a consequence of Selwyn’s commitment to caring for the needs of the bereaved and their families. “It doesn’t matter if you call us at two in the afternoon or two in the morning, we will always be on the end of the phone,” he says. Selwyn personally supervises all funerals. “We don’t specialise towards one particular faith or group. We will without discrimination look after any family that comes to us with the need for a funeral.”

Geoff Allen

Every Funeral Should Reflect What Made That Person Special

As a husband and father who works in the Allen’s family business, Geoff is acutely aware of the importance of a funeral that properly reflects the person who has passed on. “Every funeral reflects the individual life of the person, their uniqueness and what made them special,” says Geoff. He says no two funerals are ever the same. “What makes a good funeral is when the family leave with a real sense of pride in the service they’ve given their loved one. “That might be through their own words or the words they’ve given the celebrant or the music or photos they’ve provided for the ceremony. “One of the really nice things is when you look around a room and see smiles. All those memories have come flooding back to people. They remember those things that characterise that person, and that’s a really nice moment.”

Dorothy Hodge

Helping Our Families Is So Gratifying And Rewarding

Dorothy has spent her career looking after others. As a nurse, she worked in midwifery, theatre and palliative care. She also has a theology degree from the prestigious Whitley College, where she majored in Pastoral Care - Death and Dying Studies. Dorothy works with families as a funeral consultant and is also a trained funeral celebrant. She finds she is able to establish genuine connections with those she is helping. “To be able to know you have been there for a family is really fulfilling, gratifying and rewarding,” she says. “Following up with phone calls and anniversary cards is something I’m passionate about. That’s been a really important part for me in caring for families.”

Why Choose an Australian Funeral Directors Association member?


There are many reasons you should only consider an accredited member of the funeral sector’s peak organisation, the Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA). Most families do not know, and should not be expected to know all of the practical requirements following a death and the organisation of a funeral itself. It’s extremely important to aim for a ceremony that family members will cherish for the rest of their lives. Like many sectors, the funerals business has changed a lot in recent years. Multinational firms have taken over well-known companies. New businesses seem to be starting all the time, often with staff who have little knowledge or experience.


Experience counts, and no-one is more experienced than Selwyn.

As a divisional past-president and Life Member of AFDA, he holds dear the organisation’s strict Code of Ethics and requirements regarding professional integrity, skill, compassion, service and confidentiality. Members are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure they maintain the highest possible levels of service. They also need to seek re-accreditation every three years. It’s this attention to detail and focus on best practice that helps ensure your peace of mind when you organise a service through Selwyn Allen Funerals, an accredited AFDA member. You can be confident you are dealing with someone you can trust and who has your best interests at heart. To find out more about our services, or ask any questions, please contact us or phone 03 9888 1672.