It was officially opened on 28 October 1933, and the first cremation took place on 30 October.
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.
Bloomfield designed both places with a view to an authentic "florentine" feel. The grounds feature Art Deco statues, Royal Doulton tiles, 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.
Cremations or final resting places of notable people at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium include:
- Sid Barnes, cricketer
- Sir Thomas Bavin, Premier of New South Wales
- V. Gordon Childe, archaeologist and philologist
- Charmian Clift, novelist
- Slim Dusty, country singer
- May Gibbs, author
- Michael Hutchence, INXS lead singer
- Banjo Paterson, poet
- Vic Richardson, lawnmower inventor
- Sir James Joynton Smith, Lord Mayor of Sydney
- Chris Watson, Prime Minister of Australia
- Arkie Whiteley, actress
- ^ a b c Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium website; Retrieved 7 August 2013
- ^ Encyclopedia of Cremation, p. 70; Retrieved 7 August 2013
- ^ Source says "Royal Dalton" [sic], but this seems to be a spelling error.
- ^ a b c d Sydney Morning Herald, "Crematorium opens doors to everlasting celebrations of life", 16 June 2012; Retrieved 7 August 2013
- ^ a b c d e find-a-grave; Retrieved 7 August 2013
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