Matchless history and experience
Founded in 1923 by Herbert Johnson, H.Johnson & Co has been dedicated to providing the best possible service for nearly 90 years.
The company continues to be family run to this day. Current owner, Anthony Renowden bought the company from his grandmother in 1988. Anthony trained as a cabinetmaker, honing his attention to detail and fine craftsmanship skills and bringing these and other valuable skills to the current business and its people.
The Company has built an enviable reputation for excellent quality, reliable service and total professionalism.
H. Johnson has been responsible for the design and installation of some of the most innovative and spectacular monuments in Sydney cemeteries, including the Haywood Family memorial at Macquarie Park Grave 41-F12; The Khoura Family memorial also at Macquarie Park; and the Hayward Family memorial at Waverley Cemetery.
H. Johnson & Co’s scope of work has included:
- Sydney Church of England Grammar School War Memorial Playing Fields (Shore) Inscription work entailing approx. 2400 names of War Veterans - totaling in excess of 26,000 characters. This encompassed a collaborative approach on many levels and included consortia between the supply company and H. Johnson. Our key role involved the input of names, design, layout and precision installation of stencil and sandblasting of characters onto the stonework. H Johnson was instrumental in driving the project forward from start to completion, working to a strict deadline for the unveiling on November 11, 2008.
- Waverley Cemetery and South Head General Cemetery memorialisation specialist. Both cemeteries are valuable State Heritage listed sites and operate under a conservation plan. Scope of works include new heritage-compliant commissions ranging from delicate inscription lettering to matching existing work; sizeable marble sculptures; and conservation and restoration to monuments that are often over 100 years old and in varying states of disrepair.
- Renovations for the National Trust of Australia in conjunction with local Councils across NSW, including the restoration of Windsor Catholic Cemetery and Old Uralla in Northern NSW.
- Re-installation of the World War I Honour Roll Memorial erected to the memory of the NSW Police Force who served in WWI, at the Sydney Police Centre. This work resulted in a letter of commendation from the NSW Police Inspector Professional Standards Manager.
- Monument restoration work at St Patrick’s Cemetery, North Parramatta. The work involved extensive repairs and re-erection of fallen and damaged stone headstones and altar tombs.
- Re-instatement of Walter Lawry Cemetery Parramatta.
- Relocation and restoration of 80 heritage headstones and a number of altar tombs at Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park (Pioneer Park) Botany.
In 1993 Anthony Renowden re-established the NSW Monumental Masons Association serving as President for five years, Secretary/Treasurer from July 2000 – November 2001, and elected as Vice President in 2002. The Association remains the only regulatory body of the industry today.