Cremation

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.

The Advertiser – 12 March 1908.

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 language of death

Sydney Gazette – 22 October 1809

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.