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Cemeteries are enduring places of sacred significance. Caring for these landscapes and monuments requires considered approaches based on conservation: repairing, maintaining and preserving gravestones for future generations while avoiding causing any immediate or long-term damage. However, permanent damage has been caused to historic gravestones due to a loss of skills in the stonemasonry industry as well as negligent practices by monumental masons, and occasionally by well-intentioned persons without the necessary tools or training.Sach Killam is a cemetery conservation specialist at Rookwood General Cemeteries with 30 years of experience in Canada & Australia, with training in monument care, safety assessments, lettering, as well as specialty lime mortarwork. In addition to leading the Monumental-Heritage team at Rookwood, Sach is a long-term member of the National Trust NSW Cemeteries Committee and was on the Australian Standards committee establishing improved monument design and installation standards. Recent projects include specialty stone conservation work at Hyde Park Barracks and Vaucluse House, gravestone repairs at St Johns Parramatta, Mays Hill, Moyne Farm, and other State Heritage Register listed sites, as well as on-going cemetery conservation projects at Rookwood Necropolis and Glebe Cemetery (East Maitland).