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“Hidden Gem”
Review of Rookwood Cemetery

Rookwood Cemetery
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Lidcombe
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

The biennial Rookwood collection of sculptures placed within the grounds of the cemetery may seem like a macabre proposition, but if, like me, you find cemeteries a place of peaceful reflection, this is a perfect match.

The curator has done a fabulous job of exhibiting about 50 works that talk to the various facets of our passing: grief, remembrance, respect, confusion and acceptance.

There is always the fascination of the headstones to add to the possibility of reflection. I am always struck by how many people died young in what is really a very recent past. As you look at some of these headstones a s see a family tragedy unfold, you wonder about what that story was. It also makes me think about all the things we have and take for granted in our world of plenty, and the modern tragedy of loneliness and depression that seems to be so common in our society today.

Well worth a visit

Thank csrider
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

I know many would shudder at the thought of visiting a cemetery, what more categorising this place as a "touristy" area on Trip Advisor. Strange, and even morbid as it might sound, this is truly a fascinating place to visit. Now, to set it straight, I did not come here just to write my experience. I came here because a friend's mum had passed on and the burial was here. But I must say, after being here, this place is far from morbid. It is a place of history, culture and serenity!

From Catholic style burials, to Greek types, amazing Italian-version House-like tombs, chinese, Islam, other asian cultures... this place is a melting pot of the living culture of the dead! So many interesting chapels and places of worship lovingly catered for the various faiths. Lovely lawns and gardens that mark out the resting places of those gone before us. Even those "older" ones which appear to be in disrepair are still surprisingly comforting and not eerie nor morbid.

Oh well, of course, this might not still not interest you, since it is a cemetery after all. But after so many people's reviews, you just might be curious enough to drive by and give this place a fleeting chance, even if you choose not to alight your car and admire some of the amazing tombstones of various traditions and cultures and religion.

Thank Emmanuel N
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

For history buffs this is a must. Beautifully laid out with huge mausoleums, humble stones, bush rangers, premiers, war heroes, you name it, they are there! I was impressed with the family mausoleums which were scaled down replicas of special buildings. There is a large memorial to holicaust victims. Too much to see all in one day, I must go back!

Thank Lesley B
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

So much to see and do here. Heritage rose garden, honey from the resident bee hives for sale in the main office, historical headstones, tours run by the Friends of Rookwood, annual open day, interesting architecture in the buildings and vaults, military sections and numerous memorials and explore the language of flowers as carved on the headstones... - the list is only limited by your interests. Become a Friend of Rookwood and also check out their Facebook page.

Thank PJCossie
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Fascinating place to visit but allow yourself plenty of time and expect to do lots of walking. I can understand the claim tbat this is the biggest necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere.
The cemetery is divided into sections primarily based on religion but there are special sections for deceased nuns and priests and for victims of disasters such as the sinking of the ferry the Kuttabul in WWII.
You can see the vaults of famous Sydney families as well as the old Mortuary railway stations. Unfortunately the only guided tour seems to be once a month on a Sunday.
I suppose it is a sobering place to visit but you will be intrigued by some of the graves and get a real sense of the history of Sydney.

Thank Michael N
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