About us


Burkin Svendsens Funerals has more than 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.

We have a proud, long-standing tradition of providing exceptional care and guidance during what can be a very difficult time.

Our funeral directors have experience in helping families from all walks of life, including indigenous communities and Torres Strait Islanders.

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


Our history

The Svendsen family name has a long and much respected history in the Cairns region.

Heinrich (Henry) Marinus Svendsen was born in Denmark in 1854 and emigrated to Australia in 1880, arriving in Maryborough, Queensland. He moved to Cairns a year later and started working as a cabinet maker. In 1896 he started his funeral directing business.

Mr Svendsen is buried in the Martyn Street Cemetery, Cairns, where his grave and that of his wife, 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 of Burkin Funerals and Svendsens Funeral Directors of Cairns in 2003, our reputation for quality, care and commitment has continued to grow rapidly as Burkin Svendsens Funerals.


Our services

Just like people’s lives, funerals come in all shapes and sizes. We will help you arrange a memorable event, whether you wish to hold it at our chapel, a local church or any other destination that reflects your loved one’s wishes.

Following the service, your loved one can be buried or memorialised at Cairns Crematorium Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.

We are also able to provide services in remote locations. We have conducted services on remote properties where we have chartered a plane to take our team, a celebrant and the coffined deceased to a property for a burial service.

At Burkin Svendsens Funerals we are here to help and assist you. You can call us at any time of the day or night when a death occurs for professional advice. 

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