I’m currently working on a book about the history of Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney. Rookwood turns 150 in 2017 so it’s a good chance to look back at its development as an everchanging part of Australia’s cultural history. Rookwood is the world’s largest operating cemetery from the Victorian era. It’s massive. So big that it has its own postcode and 3 bus stops. Not to mention about 1 million bodies.
Looking into Rookwood’s early history has uncovered some interesting facts so far. Did you know that Sydney Town Hall stands on top of the colony’s original burial ground? Or that August is the most popular month for burials at Rookwood? Or that in the late 1800’s Rookwood was a popular picnic spot?
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