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.

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

26 August - 24 September 2017 | Sunrise to sunset

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

24 September 2017 | 10:00AM – 3:00PM

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.

Activities will include:

  • Historic Tours, Talks and Displays
  • Crematoria and Mausoleum Tours
  • Grave Digging Demonstrations
  • Stone Masonry Demonstrations
  • Family History Research
  • Live Entertainment
  • Face Painting and Kid’s Activities
  • Horse and Cart Rides
  • HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk
  • Food Stalls
  • Official Opening Ceremony and Grand Parade
  • And Much More

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Hawthorne Ave, Rookwood NSW 2141 (north of Necropolis Drive) 
PO Box 291, Lidcombe, NSW 1825

(02) 8575 8100


Mon - Fri: 7:30AM - 17:00PM
Sat & Sun: 09:00AM - 15:00PM
Public Holidays contact office for opening hours