About us


Burkin Svendsens Funerals has over 125 years of experience in tailoring funeral services to the needs and values of families in Cairns and Far North Queensland, having served the local community since the late 1890s.

Our funeral directors are well-established and connected in the local communities they serve, and proud to uphold the values we believe in: Family, Honour, Trust, Respect, Commitment and Loyalty. Meet our staff members and learn more about our facilities in the Location section.

With the Burkin Svendsens funeral home in Westcourt, Cairns and serving surrounding areas in tropical north Queensland, our funeral directors can help you arrange a funeral that truly reflects what life meant to your loved one, and what they meant to you.

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.

Call Burkin Svendsens Funerals on (07) 4054 5400.

Our history

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 coming together in 2003 of Burkin Funerals and Svendsens Funeral Directors of Cairns, our reputation for quality, care and commitment has continued to grow rapidly as Burkin Svendsens Funerals.

Today we provide quality services and facilities in the greater tropical north region. We are a member of the Australian Institute of Embalming, as well as the British Institute of Embalming.

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