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Rookwood Cemetery

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Celtic crosss, Rookwood.

Rookwood Cemetery (officially named Rookwood Necropolis) is the largest multicultural necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere, close to Lidcombe Station in Sydney, Australia, about 15 kilometres west of the central business district.

The first burial took place in 1867, and the Cemetery is still being used today. In the past the Cemetery was served by a branch railway line with 4 separate Mortuary Stations. Regular bus services within the Cemetery have replaced the line. Rookwood Cemetery is one of the best and largest surviving examples of a Victorian cemetery in the world. (Coincidentally, one of the largest in the Northern Hemisphere is called Brookwood Cemetery.)

Approximately one million people have their final resting place within the boundaries of its almost 3 km². The "Friends of Rookwood Inc" raise public awareness of the cultural and historical value of the cemetery and also the need to ensure its preservation.

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