Our History

TS Burstow Funerals was founded in 1900 by TS Burstow, a former Mayor of Toowoomba, and has remained in his family's hands ever since. Now run jointly by our founder’s great-grandsons, Trevor and Donald Burstow, who are proudly mentoring the fifth generation as the company continues to meet the needs of the community with the same commitment to understanding and sensitivity on which the company was founded.

Thomas Stephen Burstow


Our founder and former Mayor of Toowoomba who established the company in 1900. Following his death, the business was carried on by his son, A.E. (Alf) Burstow.

Alfred Ernest Burstow


Alf Burstow was well known and respected for his active involvement with his Church and his music. He was a foundation member of the Toowoomba Musical Union, now known as the Toowoomba Choral Society Inc. He was a member of and tireless worker for the Toowoomba Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. Many people of the Downs will remember him as compere of the 4GR Diggers Session over a number of years.

John Alfred Thomas Burstow


John was the third generation to take over the management of the family company. He rose to this position in 1960 following the death of his father. During his 42 years service to the Funeral Industry, he was recognised as a leader in the field. John Burstow was a sensitive man of very high ethics and his approach and caring attitude will long be remembered by many families on the Downs. Since his death in 1988, the business has been co-managed by his sons, Trevor and Donald.

Trevor and Donald Burstow


This is the fourth generation of the Burstow Family to serve the community as Funeral Directors. Both Trevor and Donald are determined in their resolve to maintain the high standards of service and professionalism created by their predecessors.

Fifth-Generation Team

A fifth generation family firm


The Burstow attention to detail can be seen at any of these facilities and continues in areas often unseen by the public. Your inspection of our entire facility is always welcome.


Arranging a Funeral

When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the responsibility for planning their funeral can be overwhelming. Take heart, for you are not alone. We at Burstows are here to help you, every step of the way.