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Rookwood Necropolis NSW Garden of Remembrance

Rookwood Necropolis NSW Garden of Remembrance
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Description / Background

Note: The NSW War Memorials Register does not manage the Rookwood Necropolis NSW Garden of Remembrance.

Visiting: For all enquiries about visiting Rookwood and its memorials, please contact Rookwood Cemetery directly.

Other contacts: More details about the NSW Garden of Remembrance and other sites of official commemoration for eligible veterans is available from the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs. Email: Phone NSW Office 02 9746 5565. General phone 1800 838 372.

More information about the Garden of Remembrance: 

About the garden

The NSW Garden of Remembrance was constructed adjacent to the Sydney War Cemetery, within the Rookwood Necropolis, in the early 1960s. The Garden was expanded several times and in the late 1980s was completely redeveloped. The new Garden was opened by the then Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Hon Ben Humphreys, MP, on 18 October 1991.

The NSW Garden of Remembrance has a plaque capacity of 100,000 and has recently undergone structural works to provide more commemorative wall space. There are currently over 73,500 plaques displayed.

The central archway of the main entrance building houses the register books which list the wall and panel number of each individual plaque.

The central pathway between the walls leads to a circular lower bed which contains a red granite stone and commemorative plaque.

The path continues to a fountain which cascades into a gently flowing race of river stones which encircle a steel belvedere. To the rear of the belvedere is an arbour, in which a plaque recording the opening of the redeveloped garden is located. To the left, lies the contemplation area and to the right a small summer house.

Throughout spring, summer and autumn the gardens bloom with roses and rosemary, flowers symbolising remembrance.

The individual details of commemorations within the NSW Garden of Remembrance complement the other 243,000 commemorations maintained by the Office of Australian War Graves in 72 war cemeteries and plots, nine other Gardens of Remembrance and interments in 2,000 locations.


Those who are honoured in this garden of remembrance died as the result of service in the armed forces of the Commonwealth. Their remains rest in places where proper commemoration cannot be given or were cremated and the ashes scattered. Their name liveth for evermore.

Veterans listed on this memorial

Veterans listed on this memorial

Last held rank Given name Family name Conflict/s Service No. Service Campaign Read more
Corporal Vietnam War, 1962–75 3792840 Australian Army view
Private L P Abberton N271926 Australian Army Service Corps view
Sapper S D W Adamson N 101202 Australian Headquarters view
Sergeant A A Adolph 413719 Royal Australian Air Force view
Private A N S Aikman 2356 Australian Infantry view
Private R Aitken 380 Australian Infantry view
Craftsman J H S Albrecht NX54849 Australian Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers view
Engineer Lieutenant R B Alkin Royal Australian Naval Reserve view
Private H Allen 2861 Australian Infantry view
Driver T A Ambrose 5328 Australian Engineers view

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Memorial Avenue
Rookwood NSW 2141
Local Government Area
Cumberland Council
Memorial type
Recorded by
Kel Pearce - Deputy Director Operations, Office of Australian War Graves. John Dolan-Brown.
Year of construction
Early 1960's
Dedication date
18 October 1991
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