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Bne-Crem-Interior-fr-GraveBurning-Q-p261Brisbane Crematorium 1934. Chapel interior. The mural by local artist William Bustard officially represented the awakening from death, but the local press reported that it was symbolic of the lifting of the veil of convention. (Brisbane Crematorium)

80 Years of Service

Over the course of 80 years we have seen all sorts of changes. One thing that has remained constant is the commitment from many businesses to serve their local communities and this is an idea that has defined Mt. Thompson Memorial Park.

Opening in 1934, Mt. Thompson was originally known as Brisbane Crematorium and was the first of its kind in Queensland. At the time, cremation was not nearly as common as it is now. Much of this was due to the ban of cremation by many Christian denominations, including the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, Mt. Thompson Memorial Park was the only crematorium in the Brisbane area until 1970, several years after Pope Paul VI lifted the ban on cremation for the Catholic Church.

From the beginning the park has focused on welcoming families and loved ones while providing a sanctuary where reflections and thoughts can flourish and resonate in a tranquil and inviting environment. Throughout the years family and friends have gathered to commemorate and celebrate the past, share thoughts and reflect back on a lifetime of memories.

Mt. Thompson has served as the final resting place for many dignitaries including John Lavarack, the first Australian-born governor of Queensland, Sir Arthur William Fadden, the 13th Prime Minister of Australia, and many others. There is also a dedicated war grave memorial section, which has been on the grounds since 1939.

Over time, and as generations have passed, services have shifted more and more toward a personalised approach for each and every family allowing them to tailor the service to toward their loved one’s interests and characteristics. Despite this shift in service, Mt. Thompson Memorial Park has maintained many of its traditional values and dignity.

In 2008, the heritage listed West Chapel was officially re-opened after months of renovation to restore it to its original glory. With restored original marble floors and a replica of the original mural ‘Lifting the Veil of Convention,’ the park has given the chapel a historic feel with a nod to its 1920s and 1930s Art Deco roots.

The gardens have been just as important to many families as a place of reflection. In fact, Mt. Thompson Memorial Gardens won InvoCare’s Park and Garden Award for Best Crematorium in 2011, 2012 and again in 2014 and have recently opened the beautiful Ling San Yuan Asian Memorial Gardens with extensive consultation from Brisbane’s Asian communities.

Mt Thompson Memorial Gardens acknowledges the Heritage Branch, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, for supplying some of this information.

A more comprehension draft history of Mt Thompson Memorial Gardens authored by the department can be found here.


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