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 2,000 interments and commemorations are performed, representing the vast majority of religious and cultural groups throughout Sydney.
About Rookwood General Cemetery
Rookwood General Cemetery 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, we have 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 three key values are:
We respect our stakeholders by delivering quality services that meet their different needs
- We provide picturesque locations for families to reflect on the memory of a loved one
- We remember our rich heritage and strive to maintain the historic Rookwood Cemetery