Doesn't everyone love a good Sunday ramble around an enormous old cemetery?

Rookwood Cemetery is amazing. 

It's a whole Sydney suburb, it's that big. 

600,000 graves dating from the 1860's and culturally so diverse. Very Sydney. Very cool. 

It always surprises me how quiet cemeteries are. Although there was a sign on a big empty  lawn that said 'emergency meeting point' which made me giggle so much the photo was out of focus so I didn't post it.


There were lots of family crypts:

  I liked this one: someone's 'sweetest wife'. 

At some point Adam and I got into discussion about burial/cremation, not something I've really given a lot of thought. 

I've spent so much time wandering around graveyards that I guess I always assumed burial rather than cremation but I'm not really fussed. 

Ad wants to be buried so we agreed it would be perfect to be buried together somewhere, although he's insisting on eco caskets which are low environmental impact and degrade super quick. 

Damn greenie. 

(Fine by me. )


5 Comments on “rookwood

The Cooking Ninja
February 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I like western cemeteries – they are very peaceful, however a Chinese cemetery can really give you the creeps even daylight. Sometimes I read the tombstone and wondered who they were, what were their lives about, were they happy etc. Just like some abandon houses that I came across in France and I wondered about their history.

March 1, 2010 at 12:31 am

I’ve always wanted to visit Rookwood. I found out last year that an ancestor of my partner is buried here somewhere… and she was a heinous criminal jail-bird apparently. LOL I love history 😛

Alex Nolan
March 1, 2010 at 4:29 am

Firstly, no everyone doesn’t love a good Sunday afternoon ramble round a cemetary!!!

Having grown up around where all my rellies have been born, lived and died, the local churchyard is full of my ancestors, most recently my Grandparents.

I visit their grave, put flowers on it for their birthdays and anniversaries of their deaths, and walk through the churchyard to get to the other side of the village, but a good ramble around it, no. It isn’t big enough for a start, but that’s not really the point.

The reason being, that when you grow up with spooky stories being told to you about all the places that you see on a regular basis (whether true or not), and you are of the slightly nervous persuasion, the last thing I want to do is stroll around. In fact, when I’m on the way back from the furthest pub and I HAVE to walk through it, I walk quickly (without looking like an idiot) and preferably, walk all the way around, so NOT to go through it! AND NEVER ON MY OWN!

I know I now sound like the aforementioned idiot, but I don’t care. I am a self-confessed scardy cat!

Glad you had a fab time this afternoon though – I wonder what H & T will think of their family’s sunday afternoon pastimes as they grow up?!!

Jodie Petrov
March 1, 2010 at 8:18 am

Hi Fi,

We had the burial/cremation discussion too lately (we had to decide on the spot at the solicitor’s when we finally got around to the minor detail of making wills and sorting out Oli’s guardianship in case of a worst-case-scenario!!). Andrew vetoed cremation on environmental grounds (too many emissions and high energy use) so we’re with you on the eco-burial!

It’s a bit weird thinking about it really…

You ought to check out Uralla’s old cemetary some time when you’re up north. It’s behind the school and I remember having class excursions around it, doing tracings of the tombstones… Interesting even back then!

March 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I’ve never been to Rookwood, I must check it out next time I’m in Sydney. I’m getting cremated, but I had no idea there were eco coffins! That’s pretty cool, I want one. Where does get those? lol


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