Appendix A: Australian cases involving funeral and burial disputes

Victoria

Carter v The Coroners Court of Victoria [2012] VSC 561* 

Dow v Hoskins [2003] VSC 206* 

Gilliot v Woodlands [2006] VSCA 46 

Keller v Keller (2007) 15 VR 667 

Leeburn v Derndorfer [2004] VSC 172 

Meier v Bell (Unreported, Supreme Court of Victoria, Ashley J, 3 March 1997)* 

Threlfall v Threlfall [2009] VSC 283 

New South Wales

AB v CD [2007] NSWSC 1474* 

Beard v Baulkham Hills Shire Council (1986) 7 NSWLR 273 

Brown v Tullock (1992) 7 BPR 15,101

Burnes v Richards (1993) 7 BPR 15,104* 

Escott v Brikha (2000) NSWSC 458 

Privet v Vovk [2003] NSWSC 1038

Robinson v Pine Grove Memorial Park Ltd (1986) 7 BPR 15,097 

Smith v Tamworth City Council (1997) 41 NSWLR 680 

Warner v Levitt (1994) 7 BPR 15,110 

Northern Territory 

Calma v Sesar (1992) 2 NTLR 37* 

Milanka Sullivan v Public Trustee for the Northern Territory of Australia (Unreported, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Gallop AJ, 24 July 2002)* 

Sullivan v Public Trustee for NT (Unreported, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Gallop AJ, 24 July 2002) 

Queensland 

Doherty v Doherty [2007] 2 Qd R 259 

Frith v Schubert [2010] QSC 444* 

Kontavainis-Hay v Hutton & Welch (Unreported, Supreme Court of Queensland, Douglas J, 12 November 2012) 

Laing v Laing [2014] QSC 194 

Liston v Pierpoint (Unreported, Supreme Court of Queensland, Douglas J, 15 July 2009) 

Logan v Waho (Unreported, Supreme Court of Queensland, Wilson J, 4 December 2014)  

Re Dempsey (Unreported, Supreme Court of Queensland, Ambrose J, 7 August 1987) 

Reid v Crimp [2004] QSC 304

Re Schubert (Unreported, Supreme Court of Queensland, Byrne SJA, 5 November 2010)* 

Roma v Ketchup [2009] QSC 442 

Savage v Nakachi (Unreported, Supreme Court of Queensland, Byrne SJA, 10 March 2009) 

Tufala v Marsden & anor [2011] QSC 222 

South Australia

Jones v Dodd (1999) 73 SASR 328* 

Lochowiak v Heymans & Simplicity Funerals Pty Ltd (Unreported, Supreme Court of South Australia, Debelle J, 8 August 1997)

Minister for Families and Communities v Brown [2009] SASC 86* 

Reid v Love and North Western Adelaide Health [2003] SASC 214* 

State of South Australia v Smith [2014] SASC 64* 

Tasmania

In re An Application by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc [2007] TASSC 5* 

Western Australia

Burrows v Cramley (2002) WASC 47 

Garlett v Jones [2008] WASC 292* 

Joseph v Dunn [2007] WASC 238 

Manktelow v Public Trustee [2001] WASC 290 

Milenkovic v McConnell [2013] WASC 421 

Mourish v Wynne [2009] WASC 85* 

Re Bellotti v Public Trustee (Unreported, Supreme Court of Western Australia, Franklyn J, 11 November 1993) 

Re Boothman; Ex Parte Trigg [1999] WASC 102 

Reece v Little [2009] WASC 30* 

Spratt v Hayden [2010] WASC 340* 

Ugle v Bowra [2007] WASC 82* 

 

The cases marked with an asterisk involved an Aboriginal deceased.

 

The Commission knows of one Australian case on funeral and burial instructions before 1986: In the Estate of Slattery (1909) 9 SR (NSW) 577.

 

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