In 1934, Bruce Davis began his apprenticeship in the Stone masonry trade.
More than 80 years and 3 generations on, Bruce’s trade has evolved to become Davis Monumental.
His trade began in Adelaide, South Australia under the watchful eye of Stan Tillett.
As the Tillett family business expanded beyond Adelaide, Bruce relocated to the Mildura area and continued his work in local cemeteries, parks and buildings. Bruce’s work was interrupted by WWII where he served in Papua New Guinea for its duration.
Before retiring, Bruce worked as the Sexton/curator of the Nichols Point Cemetery, furthering his involvement in the monumental field.
Having grown up in the cemetery residence at Nichols Point, the monumental trade surrounded Bruce’s eldest son, Wayne from a young age. Following school and an engineering degree, Wayne began a decade of tech school teaching before returning to the family Stonemasonry trade. With Bruce’s assistance, Wayne transformed the families’ humble beginnings to what is now Davis Monumental.
The business formed in the early 80’s, ran from the family home in Fourteenth Street, Irymple.
It began with one utility, a small office, a garden-set display area and a 20 x 20 tin shed. Clients were welcomed in to the family home by all members of the family and shown through the small display of memorials. Time was taken to get to know our client and their needs before being provided with a quote and the offer of further assistance should it be required.
Wayne’s wife Rosalind is a vital member of the business also. Her lifelong work in nursing and midwifery and nurturing personality has been of comfort to many. Ros works with Wayne and Leigh in a support role behind the scenes and also with clients.
The third generation of the business, son Leigh, was also introduced to the trade at an early age, often accompanying Wayne to the cemeteries as the “leading hand”.
Leigh’s post-school employment included time spent in the RAAF (Edinburgh, SA & Forrest Hill, NSW) and locally in various roles before taking on an apprenticeship in Metal Fabrication working in local workshops, civil construction and mine sites.
Leigh now combines his experiences with his skills engrained via his family to be the newest member of the family heritage. Leigh proudly continues the trade along-side Wayne in their new premises at 2140 Fifteenth Street, Irymple. His ambition is to continue the family’s trade, to further develop the business with the addition of the latest technologies and to offer a boarder choice for local families.
Throughout the years the techniques of producing high quality monuments have changed, but at Davis Monumental, one thing has remained the same…our service.
Built on firm family values and a strong sense of pride in our work, Davis Monumental offers a compassionate and caring environment to create the perfect, everlasting monument.
“I am very fortunate to be a part of this family tradition.
It is very rewarding to be a part of that final step for families.”