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Rookwood Name Origin
Rookwood was named from a title of an 1834 novel by William Harrison Ainsworth (1805–1882).
Rookwood Settlement History
Settlement of the area dates from the 1790s, with land used mainly for farming. Growth was slow until the late 1800s, aided by the opening of railway lines and establishment of industries. The most significant development occurred from the interwar period, especially during the post-war years. The population increased gradually between 1991 and 2006, largely from housing development on the former Lidcombe Hospital site, which was used as a media village for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The population increased substantially between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly high density housing in the Botanica estate.
Major features of the area include The University of Sydney (Cumberland Campus), TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute (Lidcombe College), Rookwood Necropolis (Cemetery), Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre, Central Park, Friends Park, Grandin Park, Lidcombe Remembrance Park, Norman May Reserve and Olympic Drive Reserve.