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J Squires, Wheelwright & Undertakers (fmr)


Shire of Katanning

Place Number

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21 Richardson St Katanning

Location Details

Other Name(s)

B D Coventry & Sons, Funeral Directors

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1906

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
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Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

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Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 22 Jun 2000 Category 3

Category 3

• Significant as an individual building within the Shire

Statement of Significance

The Funeral Directors has played an important social and historic role in Katanning, performing the necessary task, and traditionally being well known members of the local community.

Physical Description

A utilitarian hipped roof building with a stucco finished stepped parapet facade and awning. The style could be described as Inter-War Moderne. A corrugated iron bull-nosed verandah was added in January 2001.


The first recorded burial in Katanning was in 1894 (29 December) and the undertaker was M Lebad. Between 1901 and 1902, wheelwright and undertaker, J Squires came to Katanning, and on 17 May 1906 he opened an undertaking business in Clive Street in the Wesfarmers building. Squires' business operated until 1944 and he died the following year (aged 90).
In 1984, B. D. Coventry and Sons bought out C E Courtis and Sons and are still trading as
B.D. Coventry and Sons.
Other undertakers have included:
F. L. Kleeman (1906-1914) A. Read (1912-1920) H. Raymond (1921-1923) M. Dawson (7-1932)
C. E. Courtis/C. E. Courtis and Sons (1937-1984) [21 Richardson Street]



Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use COMMERCIAL Other
Present Use COMMERCIAL Other

Architectural Styles

Other Style

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other TIMBER Other Timber
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

11 Sep 2000

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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