Australia / New Zealand

“In Conversation with” Brendan Day - The Impact of the Bereavement Sector on the Environment and What We Can Do About It

“In Conversation with” Brendan Day - The Impact of the Bereavement Sector on the Environment and What We Can Do About It

22-04-2021 6:30 pm -7:30 pm

In this early evening webinar we will hear how the UK bereavement sector is recognising the growing pressures to reduce the impact of memorials, funerals and cremation upon the climate.

Guest Bio:

Brendan Day is highly regarded in the Death Care Sector across the UK and beyond. With an MBA from the University of Birmingham, Brendan now resides is Wales. Previously holding positions of ‘Bereavement Service Manager’, City of Cardiff Council, ‘Service Manager’, Sandwell Council, he is now the ‘Director’ of the Crematoria Abatement of Mercury Emissions Organisation and currently ‘Director’ of Green Cremation Network and ‘Secretary and Executive Officer’ of Federation of Burials and Cremation Authorities and acting as an advisor to a start up company called Forever Mortal.

“In Conversation with” Robert Pitt, CEO Adelaide Cemeteries Authority. How to Build Tourism Award Winning Cemetery Tours

“In Conversation with” Robert Pitt, CEO Adelaide Cemeteries Authority. How to Build Tourism Award Winning Cemetery Tours

20-05-2021 10:30 am -11:15 am

Join us for this informative discussion with Robert Pitt about Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, Tourism Award Winning cemetery tours. Learn how these tours were designed, how they have evolved and what benefits are derived from them for the Cemetery and the surrounding community.

Guest Bio:

After a varied working career, Robert commenced his career in the cemetery industry in 2001 at Centennial Park Cemetery Authority as Operations Manager and Deputy CEO. In 2010 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, a State Government-owned, self-funded business entity.

Over the last 10 years, Robert has led the Authority through a period of cultural change that has seen its four Adelaide cemeteries evolve and the organisation widely recognised for its service and facilities. One of the four cemeteries is the heritage listed West Terrace Cemetery on the edge of Adelaide’s CBD. The development of cultural tourism experiences led to the West Terrace Cemetery being inducted into the South Australian Tourism Industry’s “Hall of Fame”.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Horticulture, and an MBA. His working life includes experience in civil construction, disability care, hospitality, local government, major events and risk management.

“In Conversation with” Professor Jon Prangnell - Identifying a burns victim at the North Brisbane Burial Grounds 150 years after death"

“In Conversation with” Professor Jon Prangnell - Identifying a burns victim at the North Brisbane Burial Grounds 150 years after death"

17-06-2021 10:30 am -11:15 am

Professor Prangnell has managed 7 Cemetery excavations and would be an accidental Cemetery Archaeologist. He has helped Cemeteries with land re-allocations and finding lost graves. In this webinar, Jon will share his experience on a North Brisbane excavation, where they were able to identify the remains of a lady who had died from a ‘skirt fire’ from the fabric she was buried in. Join us for another view into the sector that is death care.

Guest Bio

Associate Professor Jonathan Prangnell is a Reader in Historical Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in the School of Social Science, The University of Queensland. His research interests include the development of Queensland throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. He has also published widely on the taphonomic and social transformations that result in the archaeological record of historic period burials. Jonathan has published extensively in archaeology and heritage and has produced over 250 consultancy reports on Queensland’s cultural heritage. He is also a past-president of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, past editor of Australasian Historical Archaeology, is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Historical Archaeology, on the Brisbane City Council Heritage Advisory Committee and is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Queensland Museum.