The practice of cremating the dead rather than burying them was slow to become popular. The first cremation in Australia took place in Adelaide on 4 May 1903. The Argus – 5 May 1903.
Five years later, only 18 additional cremations had taken place in Adelaide.
By the early 1930s, architect designed crematoriums were being built across Australia. F A Bloomfield’s design for the Gore Hill cemetery in Sydney can be found in the Sydney Morning Herald – 17 February 1931. Richard Gailey’s design of the Brisbane Crematorium was featured in the Brisbane Courier on 2 March 1932.
This link to The Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of New South Wales has a short history of cremation in Australia.
The death notice spoke highly of the patient, enduring wife of Judge Advocate, Richard Atkins. As was the custom in the 19th century, her name went unmentioned. I looked up the State BDM register. Her name was Elizabeth and she was 45 years old at the time of her death.
Obsequies: funeral rites or ceremony.