There have been many comments about this and it sure does make for interesting reading and
will no doubt also help people in their research.....
Instead of me replying to everyone ( I would be here all day replying there has been so
many - Thankyou !! Isn't the list just wonderful !!)
I have taken the main comments from some of you to answer with a comment... I trust that
is OK and wont be taken out of context.....
Jim Lancaster -"The other interesting thing about these columns is the fact that
almost all the notices are deaths; there are very few births or marriages. I wonder if
this is due
to companies sending unsolicited mail?"
With our BDM notices there are no addresses placed in the paper.Usually however, the
suburb is put in..
I have known some people to receive for eg for an engagement notice specials from local
Pauline Kirschener - "When we got married, we put a notice in the Evening News, but
all other congratulations etc., were sent to us personally. Same for births etc., I
This is the same as in Australia...It is usually only ever the announcement that is placed
in the paper by the couple and their parents..I don't think I have seen anyone else
place one for a wedding..But with the Births - the parents do the announcing and the
grandparents are now starting to congratulate the parents as well in the same section with
a different notice...
Mavis asked "Do you have the same free papers in Australia?"
Yes we do called the messenger delivered to the driveway free..Occasionally you see some
personal notices in them but rarely...
Jay - "In Memorial columns which usually mark the anniversary of the persons death or
birthday are often from several relatives and friends.I have no idea if this is a common
Yes - we do this too !!
Jackie - "I think it is the high cost of placing the notices that puts people
On the average it works out about $A25 or less for a few lines...I think that would be
about 8 pound ...
"Must make interesting reading when there is so much more information about the
person - easier for future generations to know more about that person."
Yes you can get a lot of info from the notices - eg where they worked, where they drank,
sports they played,etc
Olive Cookson - "Addresses are not put in nowadays so that people cannot
"rob" the house while everyone is at the funeral. " same here and quite
often the families now have a security man hired for the duration of the funeral to
overcome this horrendous trend..
after the funeral there is often an acknowledgment so this notice should always be looked
for also. i.e. thanks to Minister, hospital, funeral director, sometimes other names and
place of work etc.
Same again although this can be weeks even months later...
"Cremations are booked in 20 minute slots and if you are late you can be fined or
miss your slot"
Who gets fined...?? interesting !! I guess its the old saying "Late for their own
Ours are done in 1 hour slots...I guess its due to the population ..We have a service for
Half an hour then we move to a side room where refreshments are served and you can have a
chat before heading off home or to the family home etc..
many thanks and hope it has given a better insight into the customs etc of other countries