In 2018 Hiram Philp Funerals celebrated 115 years of delivering dignified, quality funeral services to the people of Toowoomba and the surrounding country areas in Queensland. We still operate from the original location where the business was founded in 1903.
Local identity and businessman, Mr Hiram Philp, with his wife Emma, decided to expand their joinery business to offer a funeral service.
Hiram Philp Funerals has been serving the region since 1903.
Delivering the same respected and quality service to the community the family was renowned for in their joinery business, Hiram Philp Funerals became the premier funeral home on the Downs. Mr Philp was known to spend many hours in the evening hand polishing coffins and caskets.
Four of Hiram Philp’s children followed him into the business; sons Richard, William, and Robert and his daughter Gladys. Three grandsons were to follow and also work in the family business. They were Hiram Jr (known as Phil), Murray and Don. As the funeral home business grew, the decision was made in 1964 to close the sawmill and in 1970 to close the joinery shop.
Hiram Philp died on the 18th June 1943, aged 85 years and is buried at the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery.
Hiram Philp Funerals established many firsts in the Funeral Industry on the Downs. They conducted the first burial at the Drayton and Toowoomba Lawn Cemetery on the 20th May 1966 and the first cremation on the 2nd September 1969, at the Garden of Remembrance Cemetery and Crematorium.
Philip Schultz – Funeral Home Manager
"Who wants to be a funeral director? After 20 years I am still amazed at the satisfaction and personal reward I experience from helping families. Often these are times when they need guidance and help to create a meaningful service for a loved one. To be able to identify, and create a rapport, with families at a sad time is important to the family members who are grieving. Technology has come a long way from when I first started, the ongoing learning and advancements are continual. The compassion and understanding will always be paramount in our commitment to our families."
Jane Hogan – Funeral Director
"I have been in the funeral industry for several years. I am a mother of 3 sons. My role as a Funeral Director can be at times very challenging, demanding, humbling but above all else rewarding. It is a huge privilege to help a family through the many decisions, challenges and emotions they experience when they lose a much loved family member. I sit down with a family, in their home or at our funeral home. Respectfully I go through the many choices available to help them personalise and create a loving lasting memory in honour of their loved one. To walk a family through the various stages from the initial sometimes distressing first call, to finally the day of the funeral when all their arrangements and personal touches come together as they planned, the relief and joy they feel gives me a great sense of personal satisfaction and pride."