- About Us
Burkin Svendsens Funerals is an Australian funeral company based in Cairns, Far North Queensland.
At Burkin Svendsens Funerals we understand your values, and care about them too. For our values define us all. Our lives. Our loves. Our choices. They make us who we are. And they live on in the hearts and minds of those we love long after the person is gone.
Values – we all hold them dear. Some drive us, some inspire us and they can say a lot about us.
Genuine sincerity and compassion is our daily commitment at Burkin Svendsens, and we are committed to excellence of service and a special level of care and compassion.
The Svendsen family name has a long and much respected history in the Cairns region.
Mr Heinrich (Henry) Marinus Svendsen was born in Denmark in 1854 and emigrated to Australia in 1880, arriving in Maryborough, Queensland. He moved to Cairns in 1881 and started working as a cabinet maker. Then in 1884, he commenced a business as a furniture manufacturer in Abbot Street before moving to premises in Lake Street in 1896 where he later began his funeral directing business.
In 1886 he married a Scot, Honoria Maria Canning, at St. Monica’s Catholic Cathedral, Cairns and they went on to welcome six children into the world.
He died in 1937, aged 83 years and was buried in the Martyn Street Cemetery, Cairns where his grave and that of Honoria can still be seen today.
He was remembered at the time as a progressive business leader and community citizen being involved in the Cairns Citizen’s Band, the formation of the Loyal Trinity Lodge as well as holding positions as Chairman and Treasurer of the Cairns School of Arts.
Since the forming in 2003 of Burkin Funerals and Svendsens Funeral Directors of Cairns, our reputation for quality, care and commitment has continued to grow rapidly.
Today we provide quality services and facilities in the greater tropical north region. We are a member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association, the Australian Institute of Embalming, as well as the British Institute of Embalming.
Call us now on (07) 4054 5400 for more information on how we can assist you.