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Rookwood Necropolis was established in 1867 and is one of the largest burial grounds in the world, covering an area of 286 hectares. With artefacts, structures and landscapes accumulated throughout its development, Rookwood Necropolis reflects the changing nature of Australia’s religious, social and cultural life over the last 150 years.

The final resting place of over 1 million souls, Rookwood is a working cemetery where people of Sydney from all walks of life continue to bury their loved ones.

The Rookwood Necropolis Trust was established by the NSW Government to manage the common property and infrastructure of the Cemetery.

The Rookwood Necropolis is public dedicated land managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Lands Act 1989.


The Draft Rookwood Necropolis Plan of Management was placed on public exhibition from 1 March until 12 April 2013. The public submissions made during this period resulted in the Plan being amended prior to it being sent to the Minister for her determination. On 20 February 2014 the Minister for Primary Industries and Small Business The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP wrote to the Chair of  Rookwood Necropolis Trust notifying him that both she and the Deputy Premier had adopted the Plan of Management pursuant to Section 114 of the Crown Lands Act 1989. The Plan itself sets the vision and strategic directions for Rookwood into the future. An important element of the plan is the division of Rookwood into 24 geographic areas or ‘management units’.

Click on the links below to read both the Plan and the 24 Management Unit policies.

Rookwood-Necropolis-Plan_icon Link to Rookwood Necropolis 24 Management Unit Policies