Discover the history, culture and significance of Rookwood at one of our upcoming commemorative events.
Rookwood Cemetery was established after the Sydney colony outgrew its previous two cemeteries, located at the site of the current Sydney Town Hall and near Central Station.
The new cemetery, then known as Haslams Creek Cemetery, was consecrated in 1867 to coincide with the closure of Devonshire Street Cemetery.
It soon became known as The Necropolis - the ancient Greek name for the city of the dead - the sleeping city.
Over the years, Rookwood Cemetery has become the final resting place for over one million people. It is the largest cemetery in the Southern Hemisphere and possibly the most multicultural cemetery in world.
Rookwood is intrinsically linked to our nation’s heritage. Whether it is to remember a loved one, conduct family history research, reflect and learn about our country, or admire the artistic value of the monuments, Rookwood will forever be significant to so many people.
In recognition of Rookwood’s 150th year, we are hosting a series of events that will showcase our iconic cemetery. Join us for one of these events and discover Rookwood Cemetery for yourself.
Transport Heritage Expo
Date: 10 - 12 June 2017
Rookwood is partnering with Transport Heritage NSW and Sydney Trains to take part in the Transport Heritage Expo.
To learn about Rookwood Cemetery, Mortuary Station and the intrinsic link between the two, visit us at Mortuary Station located on Regent Street, Sydney.
For more information, visit Transport Heritage NSW.
HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk
Date: 26 August - 24 September 2017
HIDDEN is an outdoor sculpture exhibition that takes place in Australia’s oldest and most historic cemetery – Rookwood.
This year, we invite audiences to experience artworks that respond to Rookwood’s themes, with many artworks inspired by the cemetery’s 150th anniversary.
For more information, visit HIDDEN in Rookwood.
Rookwood Open Day
Date: 24 September 2017
This 150th commemorative event showcases Rookwood and all the amazing things it has to offer.
The day invites the local community and beyond to discover Rookwood’s its superb landscape, fascinating history, evolving communities and unique services.