Choosing a Venue
If you or the person who has died attended a church or other
place of worship, this may be the natural choice for the funeral
ceremony. This is particularly appropriate when a family wishes to
arrange a ceremony of traditional religious significance, such as a
To see a range of venue photos, visit our Funeral
Service Venues page.
- Possible venues are only limited by your imagination and can
- the funeral director's chapel
- a cremation chapel
- the graveside
- a garden setting
- a rural property
- a private residence
- a school assembly hall.
If you choose a venue other than a church building, a member of
the clergy, or, if you prefer, a celebrant, can be arranged to
officiate at the ceremony.
Some points to consider when choosing the venue for the funeral
- How many people will be accommodated? Is the facility large
enough or perhaps too large?
- Is there adequate seating?
- Do you require special facilities, for example, video
projection, room for musicians, on-site catering?
- Will the service be conducted completely in one location or
move in cortege to the cemetery or crematorium?
- Is the venue easy to find?
- Is there adequate parking?
- Are there time restrictions in using the facility?
Commemorating a life at Gabbinbar
Exclusively through Burstows, farewell commemorations can now be
held week days at Gabbinbar.
Farewelling a loved one is an important historic moment for a
family, and how appropriate to reflect on a life in a location with
such a rich history. Gabbinbar was the home of Reverend William
Nelson, his son Sir
Hugh Nelson (Premier of Queensland 1893 - 1898), and the summer
residence/resort for numerous Queensland Governors.
The timeless elegance of the sitting rooms and magnificent ball
room give great opportunity to display family portraits, albums,
images and memorabilia adding significantly to the opportunities to
reflect and honour a life.
Gathering and catering options are many, due to the variety of
exquisite outside locations and the perfectly appointed spaces
within the homestead itself, including the stunning 'Conservatory'
with its glass ceiling. The entire Gabbinbar estate is exclusively
reserved for you and your guests during the time of your booking,
providing opportunity to linger, and allow the timeless elegance of
this peaceful estate sooth your soul.