From our Ballarat Funerals Vault

April 30, 2018

This week’s “From the Vault” is a larger version of the photo from the home page of our website. It’s a photo from the Jordan and Tippett days of our Ballarat Funeral Services.

The photo is believed to be taken from the eastern side of Armstrong Street South, looking west at the funeral home that was at number 14 Armstrong Street South. It’s hard to read on the top of the photo, but the words “Ballarat Carriage Factory” appear across the top of the building. A closer look at the photo show great details of the building, including the auction rooms next door. The photo shows all of the pomp of the Victorian era, with large plumes on the top of the horse-drawn hearse. There’s no coffin in the hearse and it seems a very staged photo? Who knows, perhaps a promotional photo of the day?

The photo serves us well now as a banner on our website, but the F.W. Barnes and Son website is more than a place for pictures. It serves us and the community as a place for up to date death and funeral notices, showing times, dates, places and even links to maps that can be used to guide mourners to venues. A great part of the site is also the ability for friends and relatives to leave an enduring tribute for a loved one. The tribute stays a part of our online system and maybe added to during special times or on anniversaries.

It amazes all of us how we can get from the horse and carriage to the world of online tributes in only 120 years. We wonder what new initiatives await the funeral industry and our funeral services in Ballarat as we move forward.