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Sculpture commemorates conservationist who left fifteen hectares of bushland to the young people of Railton.
Scholar, Musician, World War One fighter pilot and qualified engineer, Norman Sykes was one of Railton’s most colourful residents and one of Tasmania’s most eccentric conservationists. His dream was to live as close to nature as possible and he gave up all the comforts of a city life to do so.
He was resolutely independent, getting around either on foot or by bicycle and left civilisation to live in a small shack on 40 acres of bushland in Railton. He donated his property to the community with the instruction that it be turned into a sanctuary for birds and other fauna.
|Address:||Sheffield & Sunnyside Roads, Railton, 7305|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -41.354239|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Eddie Freeman|
1896 - 1981
THIS STATUE IS DEDICATED TO NORMAN SYKES
WHO DONATED 15 ha OF BUSH TO
"THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF RAILTON"
HE LEFT THE LAND TO BE USED AS A SANCTUARY FOR
THE BIRDS, FAUNA AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.