Rookwood Necropolis.


 

Haslem’s Creek Cemetery – which became Rookwood – from the Illustrated Sydney news 1875

 

For over a decade I have been consulting cultural historian to the Rookwood General Cemetery Reserve Trust (RGCRT). I research and write about various aspects of history, deliver talks and produce short films about this great cemetery’s place in society. It is the largest surviving Victorian era necropolis in the world and, of course, a treasure-trove for those interested in monumental architecture, funeral rites, cemetery landscaping and family history. There are many other fascinating aspects including the role of the mortuary railway, flora and fauna, commemorated areas, cultural diversity and, of course, the extraordinary and ordinary people interred within its grounds. This section of the website will share some of the stories of what many refer to as ‘The Sleeping City’.

 

THERE ARE THREE SEPARATE SECTIONS TO THIS HISTORY.

The next pages (refer index) 

ROOKWOOD HISTORY & CURIOUS TALES

ROOKWOOD NOTABLE ‘RESIDENTS’

ROOKWOOD MORTUARY TRAIN HISTORY AND STORIES