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FROM CEMETERIES TO SCHOOLS, THE BIONDAN BROTHER’S QUEST TO CHANGE THE WORLD

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Arturo and Walter Biondan first met Sister Armida Terraneo through a mutual friend, a priest from Verona, in 1993. Arturo and Walter had founded Biondan SpA, an advanced bronze production company of quality cemetery products, back in 1956. As the company grew, they were continually drawn to the idea of "giving something back". The brothers were cra...
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AN EMBALMERS ROLE IN MEMORIALISATION

The significance of Memorialisation in assisting the grieving process has been at the forefront of the Death Care Industry for many years now. The value in a formal or informal gathering to commemorate and celebrate a loved one's life, to reminisce and honour a life lived, is almost a right of passage in our earthly journey, one of which the mourne...
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ACCANews Autumn 2018

Welcome to the Autumn 2018 edition of ACCANews. This edition includes an historical journey into stories about the Cemeteries and the People who helped shape the industry with stories from Edithburg, Northern and First Fleeters Memorial  Cemeteries through to people such as William Balcombe and William Minchin. Also include...
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INVESTMENT MARKETS Riding the global rollercoaster

It's now just over nine years since the Global Financial Crisis struck, and it's been a wild ride in financial markets over the period, with plenty of bumps and white knuckles along the way. Standing back and looking at the big picture, though, it's been a simple story. In 2008, global equity markets were cheap, and (in the heart of a liquidity cri...
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MOSAIC PATHWAY BEAUTIFUL MEMORIAL FOR PRECIOUS LITTLE ONES AT PUREWA

A beautiful mosaic tile pathway is being created at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium in Auckland, New Zealand, to remember stillborn and newborn babies.Inspiration for the 95 metre-long colourful pathway came from a Nelson Cemetery in the South Island, where a similar mosaic memorial exists. In 2015, Purewa Cemetery Trust Board Trustee, Murray Ward,...
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Innovation Matters

At the recent ACCA Conference, I delivered a keynote presentation on innovation! ​Innovation is one of those 'fluffy and sounds a bit too good to be true' words. But there is a best practice approach to innovation which is completely fluff free! I spent my hour-long time slot introducing attendees to great set of tools for innovation that underpins...
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