Mackay Funerals' history began in the 1880s. The first owners were the Grant family. Alex Grant, who took over the business from his father (also named Alex), was well known in Mackay. Mackay historian Mrs. Bernice Wright said the name Alex Grant as a funeral director was first listed in Mackay City Council burial records on January 3rd, 1884.
Recounting the firm’s history another well known former funeral director - the late Mr. Tom Redhead said he bought the firm in 1958 from Leonard A. and J. Thomas, a husband and wife team who had taken it over from the Grant family about 12 years previously.
Mr. Redhead said he named the building Mackay Funerals. Until then it had taken the name of the family owners.
Over the years Mackay Funerals has been bought and sold several times and is now operated by InvoCare Australia Pty Ltd, an Australian owned company. The funeral home is managed by Belinda Hassan whose family are long time Mackay locals. Belinda is strongly connected with many local organisations such as Lions, Rotary and Zonta. Together with her staff she upholds the proud traditions of her forefathers.