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Rookwood Necropolis NSW Garden of Remembrance

Rookwood Necropolis NSW Garden of Remembrance
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Description / Background

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

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.

Visitor information:

Open sunrise to sunset 7 days

Office open normally 6.20 am - 3 pm M-F + Anzac Day & Remembrance Day

Tours of 20+ by arrangement only

Shelter and seating

Wheelchair access



Plaque location register

Normally, there is a commemorative service held service on last Sunday before Remembrance Day by the Western Sydney RSL.

Contact Information:

More details on the NSW Garden of Remembrance and other sites of official commemoration for eligible veterans is available at the Department of Veterans', freecall 133 254 and regional callers on 1800 555 254.


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
Private W H Windred 5422 Australian Infantry view
Sapper H O Wolf Australian Infantry Base Depot view
Private C Wood 661 Australian Infantry view
Private G A Wood N71425 Australian Infantry view
Private J Wood Australian Mining and Boring Company view
Private B S Woodbridge NX78640 Australian Army Salvage Service view
Private J J Woodward NX45211 Australian Infantry view
Leading Aircraftman G C Wren 420096 Royal Australian Air Force view
Sergeant A Young N431575 Australian Infantry 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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