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Filming/photo opportunity: WW1 Remembrance Event

Event:  Rookwood Cemetery honours Australian war heroes at WW1 Remembrance Memorial for 1700 unofficially recognised service men and women buried at Rookwood Cemetery
Date & Time:   Friday, 9 November 2018 from 10am to 2pm at Rookwood Cemetery’s All Souls Chapel 
Interview:  George Simpson, CEO, Rookwood Cemetery

The World War I centenary marks the completion of a four year long project for Rookwood General Cemetery, identifying and documenting the unofficial graves of servicemen and women who served in WW1 and buried in the grounds of Rookwood. The project was managed by a team of Rookwood General Cemetery staff and volunteers, who located the graves, undertook research about the individuals and their families, and cleaned or repaired the grave stones.  Throughout the project, Rookwood appealed for public assistance to help identify family members of those who served during World War I and were buried at Rookwood.  The project uncovered 1700 graves of Australian service men and women, with family members sharing their stories and photos. The memorial event on Friday will honour these Australians, share some of their remarkable stories and acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice.  Following is an example of one of many veteran stories that will be shared at Friday’s event: 

Edwin Arthur Hollinworth:
  • Grew up in Texas, Queensland
  • Was known as the horse breaker (he owned a beautiful horse named, Starlight).
  • Served in Cairo with Starlight, and was a classic example of the close bond between a man and his horse
  • He died on May 25, 1936 in Coogee after demonstrating to a visitor how a bomb, that had already been detonated, would have worked (the bomb was a souvenir he brought back from the war).  However, the salt in the air, combined with remnants of gun powder still in the bomb, caused an explosion which led to Edwin’s death.
The WW1 Remembrance Event will include:
  • An official ceremony (held from 10:30am to 11:30am)
  • Video tribute
  • Morning tea
  • Gun-fire salute
  • Anzac Tours
  • Open-air museum
View the full program at www.rookwoodcemetery.com.au or call 8575 8100 for further information.