The Rookwood Remembrance event provides the opportunity to recognise the servicemen and women interred or memorialised at Rookwood Cemetery and beyond.
Date: Tuesday 10 November
Exhibition available: Friday 6 November – Sunday 15 November
Within Rookwood Cemetery, there are over 1,800 unofficial war graves that memorialise men and women who were involved in World War I. In 2015, staff volunteers from Rookwood General Cemetery began identifying and documenting marked and unmarked war graves of ANZACs located throughout Rookwood Cemetery. Each year, a handful of individuals with unmarked graves are selected to receive monumental conservation work on their final resting places in Rookwood.
In 2020, our fifth year, staff have continued to volunteer their time to research and document the stories of those interred in these unofficial war graves. We partnered with volunteer groups Friends of Rookwood and Russian Anzacs to identify 6 individuals to receive memorials.
On 10 November 2020, RGC hosted a live-streamed service in the All Souls, culminating in a minute's silence in honour of the individuals we have identified, as well as in respect to all that served within the war. A small exhibition will be available for visitors on the Village Green (Hawthorne Ave), with historical information.
We invited the community to join us, either in person or online, to commemorate the servicemen and women that served in WW1.
Do you know of someone in Rookwood who served in World War I? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with as much detail as possible for inclusion in the next edition.