Purslowe Funerals was an Australian funeral business, providing funeral services to families in Perth and the Western Australia since 1907. With more than 110 years of experience in professionally delivering funeral services with care and dignity, Purslowe Funerals has built a reputation for ensuring that every funeral is a unique celebration of the life and values lived.
Our funeral directors are well-established and connected in the local communities they serve, and proud to uphold the values we believe in: Family, Honour, Trust, Respect, Commitment and Loyalty.
In 2017, Purslowe Funerals had funeral homes located in Fremantle, Midland, North Perth, Victoria Park and Wangara.
In late 2017, Purslowe Funerals joined together with Chipper Funerals, becoming Purslowe & Chipper Funerals. Our funeral directors joined forces to share their experience and ensure they offer the best possible customer service to the families that choose us for their funeral arrangement needs.
Our people uphold the shared values of family, honour, trust, respect, commitment and loyalty.
At all Purslowe & Chipper funeral homes, and out and about in your local communities, you will continue to see the same faces you know and trust – now as Purslowe & Chipper funeral directors. During the transition you may notice the Wangara funeral home remains Purslowe Funerals a while longer, as we are working to bring you new and refreshed funeral homes with more choice and excellent premises.
Purslowe Funerals has been meeting the funeral needs of the people and communities of Perth and surrounding areas ever since 1907.
The Purslowe Funerals story began with James William Purslowe who moved to Western Australia during the gold rush of the late 1800s. A wheelwright by trade, James was called on by local undertakers to make coffins and often assisted with their duties.
As a Methodist lay preacher James observed the importance of a funeral service to families coming to terms with the loss of a loved one and he was requested by the elders of his community to take on the role of a funeral director. Having experienced this pastoral role, and having practical experience in building coffins as well as being an Attendant at funeral services, the move to becoming a funeral director was both natural and easy.
By 1907 Purslowe Funerals was operating full-time from its premises in Northam.
James Purslowe passed away in 1925 and was succeeded by his three sons; Herbert, Arthur and Ernest.
While Herbert continued to deliver funeral services from the Northam location, Arthur and Ernest sought to take the Purslowe Funerals names to new communities around Perth.
By the Second World War the Purslowe family had opened funeral homes in the Perth suburbs of Guildford, North Perth, Victoria Park and Leederville. Added to this was a new coffin manufacturing business which operated out of Maylands.
When Arthur Purslowe passed away in 1963, just before the family's new flagship funeral home at North Perth, he left his nephews Brian and Neil (both were sons of Ernest Purslowe) in charge during the next period of expansion of the Purslowe Funerals name as more and more families and communities around Perth experienced the reputation for care and professionalism the family had built by this stage.
Respected Midlands funeral home, William Snell & Son, was purchased by the Purslowe family, and new locations were opened as well including funeral homes at Wangara and Fremantle.
Brian Purslowe's two children, Colin and Mareena, and Neil's three children, Mark, Craige and Lisa began working for Purslowe Funerals; and it was Colin and Mark who took over management when both Brian and Neil retired in 1989.
Shortly thereafter, Mareena Purslowe began a new chain of funeral homes featuring all female funeral directors called Mareena Purslowe & Associates, today known as Mareena Purslowe Funerals.
Both Colin and Mark Purslowe have served as Past Presidents of the Western Australian divisions of the Australian Funeral Directors Association (AFDA) and in 2003 both were awarded the AFDA's highest honour, the Master Funeral Director.
In 2014, Purslowe Funerals was pleased to welcome Mareena Purslowe Funerals to our Midland branch. Since then, this special partnership and collaboration has extended and we now share our funeral homes in Midland, North Perth, Victoria Park and Wangara with the Mareena Purslowe team. This enables us to offer both the services of Purslowe Funerals, or the softer approach with a woman's understanding provided by Mareena Purslowe Funerals, to our client families in Western Australia.
Mareena Purslowe Funerals provide care and support to your family, at a time when you need it most. You can find out more about these special ladies on the official Mareena Purslowe Funerals website.