In September, the 150 year commemoration of Rookwood Catholic Cemetery will see the launch of a new book, Celebrating 150 years of Rookwood Catholic Cemetery, by Wendy Lewis, which chronicles the history of the largest cemetery in the southern hemisphere.
As one of the largest cemeteries in the world, spanning 286 hectares in western Sydney, Rookwood Catholic Cemetery which was established in 1867 and is one of the oldest European cemeteries in Australia.
A staggering one million people are buried at Rookwood, giving it an extraordinary place in the history of Australia over the last 150 years.
Author of Celebrating 150 years of Rookwood Catholic Cemetery Wendy Lewis, said that the book offers a beautifully illustrated record of the history of Rookwood Catholic Cemetery. “For 150 years, Rookwood has been a part of the lives of millions of Australians and we have been able to tell the remarkable stories of some of those people. We’ve also been able to share the history of how Rookwood Catholic Cemetery came about and has expanded to support the community of Sydney for such a long time,” Ms Lewis said.
To commemorate the 150 year milestone, Rookwood Catholic Cemetery will be celebrating with a month of events in September. Join us for Open Day at Rookwood Catholic Cemetery, Sunday 24th September from 10am to 3pm.
The book is available for purchase at $30 (and $11 postage).
Please phone 1300 114 997 to place an order or collect one at the Open Day on 24th September where the author Wendy Lewis is providing historical talks in the Mary, Mother of Mercy Lounge at 10.30am and 1.30pm.