Monumental masons and craftsmen. Specialists in stone design, construction and installation.

Our Team

Stephen Papal

Director / Stonemason

Stephen is the Director of Advanced Stone and has worked as a stonemason since 1980. He specialises in all facets of stonemasonry, started as a letter cutter learning old traditional methods and combining them with modern technology.

Today, Stephen and the team at Advanced Stone are proven to be master craftsmen in their field of building and designing memorial monuments. For over 30 years, Stephen has supported Melbourne families to create lasting and meaningful memorial monuments across all Melbourne cemeteries. He understands that building a memorial in Melbourne is the last thing a family can do for their loved ones. He takes immense pride in guiding each person through with care and experience to craft a custom memorial monument for families of all cultures and beliefs.



With over 15 years’ experience as a Stonemason, Ben specialises in letter cutting, memorial installation and general stonemasonry. His workmanship is of an optimum standard, from fixing memorials or engraving the perfect inscription carved and gilded in 23 carat gold leaf. Ben is reliable and takes great pride in achieving a wonderful and memorable result both for the family and Advanced Stone.



Mario is a Stonemason at Advanced Stone. His expertise is in letter cutting, installations and general stonemasonry. He Has a wonderful attitude, willing to assist and help where needed to deliver a meaningful memorial for each family. Mario ensures that the standard of work is to an optimum level. Mario liaises with each customer ensuring the finer details are met and delivered to a high standard to create quality and lasting memorials with care.


Office and customer relationship manager

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Debbie has built a wonderful reputation amongst many families of many denominations. Debbie works with each family making a difficult process very easy and guiding them with care and compassion. She helps make the right choices in building a memorial that reflects their loved ones and their beliefs. Debbie is an expert in headstone inscriptions and layouts. Her setting will result in a beautiful layout catering for future inscriptions. Debbie will ensure that the customers details are met, and the memorial captures the essence of your loved one, now and into the future.


Office assistant

Nebbie is an office assistant at Advanced Stone. She ensures that all details from the client are met, answering any questions or concerns they have. Nebbie assists customers with any permits required, inscription layouts accessories. Nebbie’s wonderful warm nature provides customers with the understanding and compassion they need during this difficult time.