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Humanist civil celebrants conduct a variety of ceremonies for the humanist-minded that are not religious in nature. Ceremonies that humanist celebrants officiate include weddings, funerals, baby namings, reaffirmation of marriage vows, coming of age ceremonies, divorce ceremonies, commitment ceremonies and milestone ceremonies. Marriage celebrants complete a government mandated training program before registering as an authorized Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrant.

The Attorney-General, the Hon. Mr Justice Lionel Murphy (1922–1986) first introduced the civil celebrant program in response to the unfair restrictions placed on marriages of divorcees and the non-religious. With the introduction of civil celebrants in 1973, couples won the choice of marrying at the location they wanted and the time they wanted. Such is the popularity of this innovation that, today, more than three quarters of all marriages conducted in Australia are performed by a civil celebrant.

The humanist civil celebrants listed here will help you at all stages of your ceremony, from the initial design through to rehearsal and final staging of your important event.

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Dawn Dickson
Cranbourne North, Victoria
Ph:       (03) 5995 6358
Mob:    0412 613853
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With almost 40 years as a civil celebrant, I have officiated at many thousands of weddings and funerals, as well as naming ceremonies and vow renewals. I live in the south-eastern suburbs, but travel throughout Melbourne. I love what I do and hope to continue creating meaningful ceremonies for a few more years at least. I am Secretary and a Life Member of the Association of Civil Marriage Celebrants of Victoria Inc.

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Kimba Griffith
Maribyrnong, Victoria
Mob:    0430 378388

Specializing in secular and atheist funerals and memorials, Kimba and the Last Hurrah crew offer send-offs for people of all nations, cultures, subcultures, and persuasions. From late-night vigils to sea burials and everything in between. Kimba is also an authorized marriage celebrant.

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Judy Peiris
Vermont, Victoria
Ph:       (03) 9874 1965
Mob:    0417 322173

I have been an authorised marriage celebrant for 20 years, conducting marriages embracing a wide range of cultures. I also celebrate the many other significant life milestones, from birth to end of life. I endeavour to create personal and individual ceremonies, finding the right words; words that include all involved. I am available 7 days a week, at any time, mainly in the eastern suburbs, but will travel.

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Rosemary Salvaris
Thornbury, Victoria
Ph:       (03) 9484 3914
Mob:    0407 810882

I have been practising as an authorised civil marriage celebrant for over 10 years and have performed over 300 weddings. I also perform other forms of personalised rituals and ceremonies, such as naming ceremonies and renewal of vows. I am available all days of the week and am happy to travel within metropolitan Melbourne and further afield. I have a portable PA system with outlets for an iPod and microphone. The feature of my work is that I really enjoy what I do and I believe in creating ceremonies that are meaningful and personalised.

Note: The humanist civil celebrants listed provide services that are independent of the Humanist Society of Victoria Inc.