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Sata Nita: White Lady Funerals

Ralf ‘Sonny’ Tennant Johnston erected Sata Nita as a bridal suite ahead of his 1936 marriage to bride-to-be Lila. It was built in the Spanish Mission style employed on the Gold Coast beachfront in buildings used by swimmers as change rooms and surf clubs.

Johnston, half of Johnston and Freeman Lumber Merchants, scoured the region for the best timbers with red cedars from Numinbah and Springbrook used throughout. The living room floor was prepared from a single tree.

Ceiling plasterwork is typical of the period and still in excellent condition. A master plasterer from Italy spent six months on the job. The entrance door features some of the original leadlight glass work.

Sata Nita was the Johnston family home until the 1980s when it became an antiques store. Somerville Funerals relocated from High Street, Southport, in 1994. Much of the original fit-out and decor remain the same.

Sata Nita became White Lady Funerals in January 2018.

65 Nind Street Southport


Building type: Funeral home
Architect: Ralf Tennant Johnston
Built: About 1932
Website: whiteladyfunerals.com.au