Our History

Our History

As a young boy Charles Finney began his apprenticeship at the age of 11 in Launceston, thus commencing the long proud history of over 100 years with the Northern Tasmanian community, forging a legacy for future generations that have each strived to provide outstanding service that Charles first set as a milestone when he started Finney and Armitage back in 1912.

It wasn’t long that Charles’ children John (Jack), Kenneth and Geoffrey joined the growing family business and in 1921 was renamed C.T Finney & Sons. The new business was, and as is today, always progressive. Their new premises in Brisbane Street had an extensive workshop and factory at the rear and later that year they introduced horseless hearses, an innovative decision progressing from the old-style horse drawn cart.

Forty years later, Charles passed away in 1961, leaving his sons to continue the business and develop their own indelible contribution. In fact one year later they built a beautiful memorial chapel in Cameron Street. One would think with their father in mind.

In 1978 Kenneth bought the business from his brothers and in 1985 his own son Andrew joined him in the family business. In the spirit of his grandfather Charles, Kenneth and Andrew grew the company and in the late 80’s built a new funeral centre on land originally occupied by the company’s monumental works near Carr Villa Cemetery in Kings Meadows.

A new centre with a larger modern chapel was opened in 1990 providing more parking and convenience, accommodating a beautiful reception area, intimate courtyard and comfortable family lounge, amongst contemporary funeral facilities including a selection room, mortuary and manufacturing division.

More recently, near Youngtown, a new crematorium and intimate family chapel, ‘Franklin Grove’ was opened, complimenting the growing facilities and services we continue to strive toward serving our local community. Albeit the name has changed to Finney Funeral Services, the same sentiment, spirit, tradition, family values and memory is firmly deep-seated in the modern designation. You could say, “We are a chip off the ol block.”