Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document And Entity Information

Document And Entity Information (USD $)
9 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2011
Jul. 31, 2011
Mar. 31, 2010
Entity Registrant Name Matthews International Corporation    
Entity Central Index Key 0000063296    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --09-30    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Public Float     $ 871,000,000
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   29,234,875  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2011    
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3    
Document Type 10-Q    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2011