Home' The Bunyip : August 27th 2014 Contents Page 10 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
IT has been a wonderful journey for
Mark and Gizelle Forgie, who this
month celebrated their 30th year running
Gawler's oldest family-owned business,
Taylor & Forgie Funeral Directors.
Taylor & Forgie was established in 1855 and
has been in the Forgie family for five genera-
The couple bought the business from Mark's
father in 1984 and have since achieved many
milestones throughout their ownership.
Notable achievements include constructing
the Northern Region Crematorium in 1989,
which was the first private crematorium in
South Australia, increasing
their staff numbers from
just one to 15 members,
expanding their chapel
twice and purchasing two
other funeral directors in
Elizabeth and Balaklava.
Gizelle, who moved to
Gawler from Melbourne
in the 1970s, said the ma-
jor highlight for the couple
had been helping Gawler
residents in their time of
"A highlight for me is
probably the grief manage-
ment, which I've offered
the community for 30
in grief has
been my big
thing in my
Mark, who worked in phar-
macy before taking over Taylor
& Forgie, said the biggest goal
for him has always been trying
to make situations easier for his
"People are going to be sad
when someone passes away, but
if they go on the next day and
say 'I'm satisfied with what I've
done with the funeral', then
they're moving forward," Mark
"Every year it feels like we
make a difference and if you feel like you're
making a difference, then that's what life is all
The business will remain in the family when
Mark and Gizelle retire and will be passed on
to their two daughters Claire and Adele.
"They're both passionate about Taylor &
Forgie and love to help people," Gizelle said.
A small gathering was held for previous and
current staff members to celebrate the anni-
versary this month and was a fitting event to
reflect on the business' achievements.
"Mark and I have been here 30 years and
it has gone like that and we've made some
wonderful friends in the community," Gizelle
Celebrating 90 years in Gawler
31 Hill Street, Gawler
THE Adelaide Cemeteries
Authority has asked for the public
to help name a new natural earth
burial site at Kudla's Smithfield
The natural burial ground will be
open before Christmas and will cater
for ecologically friendly and sustain-
able final resting places.
"There is an increasing demand
for sustainable products, even after
death," Adelaide Cemeteries Author-
ity chief executive Robert Pitt said.
"The naming of this new site is im-
Natural burial has become increas-
ingly popular following the Wirra
Wonga site at Enfield Park, Australia's
first natural memorial site.
"When Wirra Wonga first opened,
there were seven burials a year, last
year there were 33 burials," Mr Pitt
During a natural burial bodies are
not embalmed and are buried in plan-
tation-pine coffins allowing for quick
The burial sites are unmarked, how-
ever a large memorial stone at the en-
trance acts as a communal headstone
and commemoration area.
GPS technology is used to mark out
After six months the burial site will
be planted with native Australian
species including eucalypts and wild
flowers, and over time will become a
rich, diverse and self-sustaining native
ecosystem, resulting in a bushland set-
All name suggestions are welcome,
particularly those that reflect a per-
sonal preference for natural burial.
Local historical names or events as
well as names inspired by native flora
and fauna are also encouraged.
Those interested in submitting a
name suggestion can enter via the Ad-
elaide Cemeteries Authority website
and entries close on Monday, Septem-
Family business reaches
Taylor & Forgie owners Mark (left) and Gizelle Forgie with sta Lilly Musolino and Clive Skilbeck.
PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
An article from The Bunyip in 1984 detailing the handover of Taylor
& Forgie to Mark and Gizelle.
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