New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis) Back to Search

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Location Memorial Avenue, Rookwood, Auburn - New South Wales, Australia
Type memorial_planting

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.

Built 1960
Opened Not yet discovered

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.




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HOPKINS, Mathew Ricky Andrew

Service number 8501535
7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 27 Aug 1987

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SCOBIE, Frank Maitland

Service number 7583
4th Infantry Battalion
Born 10 Mar 1898

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ANDERSON, Charles Groves Wright

Service number NX12595
Lieutenant Colonel
2nd/19th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 12 Feb 1897

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SLATTERY, John Michael

Service number 2787079
Born 2 Aug 1946

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PRACY, Noel Arthur

Service number 216044
Born 14 Nov 1946

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PURDON, Arthur Henry Mason

Service number NX67447
Warrant Officer Class 1
2nd/30th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 24 Dec 1900

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MCGUIRE, Raymond Alfred

Service number 2787478
Born 17 Nov 1946

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GARLAND, Bernard Anthony

Service number 235324
Born 26 Sep 1946

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