Steeped in history and reflecting the cultural diversity of wider Sydney, Rookwood Cemetery is a tranquil and fascinating place of historical significance, and considerable natural and built beauty.
With a total area similar in size to the Sydney CBD, Rookwood is the largest cemetery in the southern hemisphere and the largest Victorian cemetery in the world.
Having been established in 1867, today it is the final resting place for more than a million people.
Each year over 1,900 interments and commemorations are performed, representing over 90 different religious and cultural groups.
About Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust
Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust (RGCRT) is custodian to two-thirds of Rookwood Cemetery – an area of 190 hectares. The remainder is managed by the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (CMCT) and the Rookwood Memorial Gardens and Crematorium.
We were established in 2012 to unite the former Anglican, General, Independent, Jewish and Muslim Trusts that previously managed Rookwood. With this in mind, we are passionate about equality for everyone who chooses Rookwood to farewell and remember loved ones.
Since the amalgamation, RGCRT has transformed into a stronger, more unified organisation – a process that will continue as we implement the requirements of the new Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013, under which we operate.
Our vision is realising our full potential to create a sustainable future, whilst considering cultural diversity and spiritually engaging with the communities that use the historically rich and iconic Rookwood Cemetery.
Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust (RGCRT) is a community minded, innovative trust that works in collaboration with all stakeholders to encourage best practice standards within the funeral industry. We have a modern approach to managing Rookwood as a sustainable resource and heritage site, remaining proactive in environmental awareness and preservation, while conserving its history.
Our three key values are:
We engage the community with sensitivity, empathy, integrity and dignity.
We honour loved ones by providing a unique, diverse and historical place of rest.
We provide honest, professional and equitable services through burial and memorialisation.