Old No. 1 Mortuary Station Rookwood

Rookwood Cemetery Searches

Rookwood Cemetery is located on the western boundary of Strathfield Local Government Area.  Many residents of the Strathfield district are buried at Rookwood Cemetery.  Access to cemetery records is useful for researching family history of persons associated with the Strathfield district.

Locating historic sites

The Society of Australian Genelogists managed a project between 1981 and 1992 to transcribe information contained on headstones at Rookwood Cemetery.  This resulted in the publication of a searchable database on CD-Rom.  This is available for purchase but is also available in many local studies collections in public libraries.  Recently, access is available through paid subscription to sites such as http://www.findmypast.com.au

Copies of old layout maps of the Anglican Old Section, Catholic Mortuary 1 Sections 2, 3 & 4, Catholic Mortuary 2, 3 & 4, Independent Old Ground Map, Jewish Layout map, Presbyterian Layout map and Presbyterian Section 1 D map are available online from the Society of Australian Genelogists. For further information and copy of historic maps: http://catalogue.sag.org.au/attachments/31957/RookwoodSectionNotesAndMaps.pdf

Free Online Searches

A number of Rookwood Cemetery Trusts have searchable online databases.

Anglican and General Trust Cemetery – http://rookwoodcemetery.com.au/index.php/search-online

Catholic Cemetery Trust – http://search.catholiccemeteries.org.au/

Rookwood Jewish Cemetery Trust – http://www.rookwoodjewishcemetery.com.au/

Rookwood Independent – http://www.rookwoodcemetery.com.au/deceased-search-engine

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/how-to-find-a-casualty.aspx



  1. I am looking for the grave of my great great grandparents son John Garrod who I believe is buried in Rookwood Cemetery. His parents were Ellen (Purcell) and Robert Garrod. As I have been told he was buried there because they could not afford to bring him home to Tasmania to bury him. He was born in 1855 in Hamilton Tasmania and died in the 1880s? 2


    1. On the NSW BDM there is a death registration #3538/1886 (District – St. Peters) for a Charles Garrod – Father, Robert, Mother Ellen.


    2. Evening News, Sydney, NSW – Monday, 1 February, 1886
      GARROD – January 26, at his residence, Terry Street, St. Peters, through injuries accidentally received, Charles Garrod, beloved husband of Mary Garrod, aged 25 years and 4 months. Requiescat in pace. Tasmanian papers please copy.”

      The Sydney Morning Herald – Thursday, 28 January, 1886
      The Friends of the late Mr. CHARLES GARROD are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral to move from his late residence, Terry Street, St. Peters, THIS DAY, Thursday, at 1.30 for the Newtown Station, thence to the Necropolis. JAMES WEEKS, Undertaker, 96 King Street, Newtown; Leichhardt and Petersham.”

      Note: The Necropolis is Rookwood Cemetery.


  2. Hi my grand father Allan beddall was cremated at rookwood a number of years ago. Im hoping you may be able to help me locating his resting place. Could you supply a map so i could locate him.

    Kind regards scott beddall


    1. You may want to contact Rookwood Crematorium on 9746 8945 and ask if they have a record. I do t know if a map will help, there must be thousands of cremations carried out there.


  3. Hi my father passed away in 1996 and I was a child the circumstances was out of our control and being so young
    We’re told to do a plaqe etc being 14 I didn’t do anything.I know that it was paid for so many letters anyway
    Now that I’m older I would like to put one on but don’t know where to start.His name was Luiz Carlos Ferreira
    And because of the time of death an when he was found I can’t give you dates nor do I know his birthdate would you be able to help me in any way.
    Kind regards


    1. Firstly get his birth certificate and death certificate it will help you considerably.
      then go from there.


  4. Found this on the Ryerson website http://ryersonindex.net/search.php

    FERREIRA Luiz Rodrigues Death notice 17DEC1996 Death 63 Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 19DEC1996

    Do you think this is him, If so maybe you could get a copy of the death notice in the Daily Telegraph which will give you more clues

    Good luck Cass


  5. Hey Veronica thank you but no that’s not him and cass
    Thank you also I don’t have dates of birth nor death otherwise it would be so much simpler.

    But they you guys appreciate your help.


  6. Hi would you know how to get a more comprehensive map of the old Presbyterian section than the one they give you at the office?
    Thanks so much Heidi.


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