Welcome to our comprehensive Guide to Bowra and O’Dea Funeral Directors, Perth. In this guide you’ll find complete information on their service costs, customer reviews, branch locations, company ownership, and appearances in the media.
History of Bowra and O’Dea
Established in 1888, Bowra and O’Dea is a 5th generation funeral home in Perth, Western Australia.
A unique part of their offering is that for each service they conduct, they sponsor the planting of a native tree to in commemoration of the family’s loved one. According to their website, they have sponsored the planting of over 2.5 million trees across the state.
Bowra and O’Dea is the biggest family-owned funeral home in Western Australia with 11 locations across Western Australia. It is still operated by the O’Dea family today with Joe O’Dea serving as Managing Director of the company.
When selecting a funeral home, one question you need to consider is whether to engage a large company (like Bowra and O’Dea) or the services of a smaller funeral home. While large companies have the benefit of a well-known brand, it often means that you’ll pay a premium, and you may not have as much flexibility to personalise the funeral, so it’s definitely worthwhile to consider all of your options.
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For more information about Australia’s larger funeral homes, see our guide to Funeral Companies in Australia.
Other Bowra and O’Dea Brands
In addition to their main brand, Bowra and O’Dea also operate the Leanne O’Dea brand, a women only funeral service that is similar in concept to InvoCare’s White Lady Funerals brand (known as Mareena Purslowe Funerals in Western Australia).
Leanne O’Dea operates out of all the same 11 locations as Bowra O’Dea.
What Services Do Bowra O’Dea Offer?
Bowra and O’Dea provide all of the general funeral services that your would expect from a funeral director, as well as more specific services for religious and cultural groups, including: Catholic, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Muslim, Russian Orthodox and Zion Christian Fellowship.
Bowra and O’Dea are an upper range funeral home, similar in price to InvoCare’s premium Western Australian brands, Purslowe Funerals and Mareena Purslowe Funerals.
Bowa & O’Dea in the News
Generally speaking, Bowra & O’Dea has a good track record of service and has kept out of the spotlight in terms of any missteps.
Regulation of Prepaid Funerals
In a recent article in The West Australian, Bernadine Brierty commented that they welcomed the first steps taken by the State Government to regulate prepaid funerals. Currently, Western Australia is the only state that does not regulate prepaid funerals.
Bowra and O’Dea also commented in the article that 8-10% of the funerals they conduct each year are prepaid funerals.
For more information on prepaid funerals, see our Guide to Prepaid Funerals.
Advertising and Marketing
As Western Australia’s largest family owned funeral home, Bowra & O’Dea are able to invest significant amounts on advertising and marketing.
Here’s their TV commercial advertising their memorial groves:
Here’s another TV commercial focussing on the value of family:
Bowra and O’Dea Costs
Bowra and O’Dea are an upper range funeral brand, and one of the more expensive funeral options available for families in Western Australia.
To help you compare prices, we’ve set out the price of the professional services fee charged by Bowra and O’Dea next to the state averages and minimums. As you can see, the prices Bowra and O’Dea charges are between 14% – 21% more expensive than the state averages and 46% – 125% more expensive than the cheapest options in the state.
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(Note: These prices are taken from our database and are current as at the time of publication. They are for the professional services fee only and do not include any additional costs such as coffin, flowers, celebrant, notices or cemetery fees.)
For more information on funeral costs in each of the states, see our city specific guides:
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- Funeral Directors Perth
Bowra and O’Dea Locations
Bowra and O’Dea have 11 locations across Western Australia. For contact information, indicative prices and customer reviews at any of their locations, click on the appropriate link below.
Leanne O’Dea Locations
Leanne O’Dea have 11 locations across Western Australia. For contact information, indicative prices and customer reviews at any of their locations, click on the appropriate link below.
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