Explore cemetery easier

IT’S one of Sydney’s most iconic and intriguing places to visit but finding your way around Rookwood Cemetery hasn’t been easy – however, now you can do it all from the palm of your hand.

The cemetery has introduced a cloud-based mapping system that enables people to quickly and easily search for the name and exact location of a grave, monument or site within the cemetery, from their phone or computer.
The project has been a huge undertaking for Rookwood, with staff spending two years meticulously sifting through and cataloguing over 2.9 million records dating back 150 years.
George Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, Rookwood General Cemetery, hopes the new technology will encourage more people to visit the cemetery.
He said the feedback from the community was that it wasn’t an easy place to navigate and our records weren’t entirely up to date, but that has all now changed.
Occupying an area larger than Sydney’s CBD, Rookwood is the largest working cemetery in the Southern Hemisphere and the resting place of over a million people. It also has more than 130 unique interment grounds, making it one of Australia’s most culturally diverse cemeteries.
“We’re very excited about the possibilities that PlotBox will offer,” Mr Simpson said.
“Not only will this progressive new technology help people physically search for graves by tapping their smart device, which will provide Google Map directions from where they are located, it will also be an invaluable tool for people overseas who are researching genealogy.”
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