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Review of Rookwood Cemetery

Rookwood Cemetery
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Lidcombe
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Decided to visit the relos and have a coffee at the Village Cafe at Rookwood. Open air cafe with facilities and research center and a place to buy flowers

Thank Sharon K
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

To celebrate the 150 year of its existence Rookwood has a Sculpture Walk and soon - an Open Day - to commemorate its history.
It was wonderful to find the family grave of my mother's family and then have a picnic near some of the pieces of sculpture on display as part of the Sculpture Walk.
42 different works are exhibited over quite an extensive area.

Well worth the venture to see the remarkable place.
A most historic place in Sydney.

Thank Alison S
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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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