Vintage attractions at open day to mark 150th

The Rookwood Cemetery open day on Sunday will feature historic walks, tours, displays and much more.

Story appeared in: Review | September 18th, 2017

AUSTRALIA'S largest and most historic working cemetery commemorates its 150th anniversary at this year's open day this Sunday.
Rookwood Cemetery will be marking the occasion with a range of activities and attractions including vintage buses, horse drawn hearses and cultural performances from 10am.
Larger than the Sydney CBD, Rookwood is the final resting place for more than one million people including notable Australians John Fairfax, David Jones, Anthony Horden, Louisa Lawson, Mei Quong Tart, Bea Miles and James Wong Chuey.
Officially named Rookwood Necropolis (city of the dead), it caters for the vast majority of Sydney's multicultural communities and is a place of rest, research and reflection. Many of the structures within its gates are also of national importance.
Today, Rookwood offers more than 130 culturally specific and non-denominational interment locations throughout the cemetery, from monumental and lawn areas, through to above-ground crypts and a mausoleum.
Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust CEO, George Simpson said the 150th commemorative open day is an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in the rich history and cultural experiences within the gates of Rookwood.
"There are many famous cemeteries throughout the world and Rookwood is certainly unique in its own right," he said.
"The open day provides the community with a unique way to explore Australia's most iconic cemetery."
The open day on Sunday will feature historic walks, tours and displays, grave digging and embalming demonstrations, along with stone masonry workshops this Sunday from 10am to 3pm. The opening and grand parade, including various cultural performances and all of the vintage attractions, will commence at 11am.
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