Originally Posted by Joshua Rogan
By 1898, when the report was written, almost every parish in the capital had (or at least had plans to provide) purpose-built public mortuary facilities. I guess it took a few more years before this spread to the provinces.
I think this interesting link was posted in another thread (which I can't now seem to find) detailing the history of their appearance;
What a fascinating link. I'd not realized that proper mortuaries were such a recent development. I probably should have known that, but didn't.