Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney

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The Northern Suburbs Crematorium, officially Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, is a crematorium located in North Ryde, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

It was officially opened on 28 October 1933, and the first cremation took place on 30 October.[1]

It was the second crematorium in New South Wales. It was designed by Frank I'Anson Bloomfield (1879-1949), who was cremated there, and also designed NSW's and Sydney's first crematorium at Rookwood Cemetery.[2][1]

Bloomfield designed both places with a view to an authentic "florentine" feel. The grounds feature Art Deco statues, Royal Doulton tiles,[3] classic iron work and other period features. The Memorial Gardens is a heritage listed site and often features in historical tours of Sydney and the North Shore.[1]

In 2012 a new Function Centre was opened by the Governor of New South Wales, Professor Marie Bashir.[4]

Notable cremations[edit]

Cremations or final resting places of notable people at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium include:

Commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are 64 Commonwealth service personnel who were cremated here during World War II.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium website; Retrieved 7 August 2013
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Cremation, p. 70; Retrieved 7 August 2013
  3. ^ Source says "Royal Dalton" [sic], but this seems to be a spelling error.
  4. ^ a b c d Sydney Morning Herald, "Crematorium opens doors to everlasting celebrations of life", 16 June 2012; Retrieved 7 August 2013
  5. ^ a b c d e find-a-grave; Retrieved 7 August 2013
  6. ^ a b c [1] Burial Locations VC holders - New South Wales.
  7. ^ [2] Burial Locations of VC holders - Golders Green Crematorium. The site does not yet list him under New South Wales.
  8. ^ [3] CWGC Cemetery Report.