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The replica of an oyster commemorates the first Merimbula Oyster Festival. The Committee donated it to the community at a public meeting two months after the Festival, to commemorate the event. 

The Merimbula Oyster Festival Committee devised the concept of using a large replica of an oyster as a promotion for the first, 1979, Merimbula Oyster Festival. The Committee claimed that the ‘world’s largest oyster’ had been found in Merimbula Lake by a local oyster farmer and that it would be unveiled at the official opening of the Festival. 

The memorial has acquired the name "Merv" and has become known as "Merv the World’s Largest Oyster".

Monument characteristics :

A cement-rendered fibreglass replica of an oyster 93 centimetres tall and 72 centimetres wide.


Address:Beach Street, Tourist Information Centre, Merimbula, 2548
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.888956
Long: 149.911182
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:12-April-1979
Actual Event End Date:22-April-1979


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1979
Front Inscription

This Oyster Was Donated To The
Community Of Merimbula By The
Merimbula Oyster Festival
Committee Of 1979 Merimbula`s
First Oyster Festival.
Glenn Cox,  Con De Zwart
Kath Delahey,  Frank Langenhorst
Sue Fane,  Greg Wallaston
Ken Walton, Howard Wakeling
It Is A Genuine Copy Of A Merimbula
Oyster, The Superb Natural Oysters
Grown In The Merimbula Lake.
The Oyster Is A Living Breathing
Animal - A Mollusc Or Shellfish
Inhabiting Salt Water In The
Littoral Or "Between - tide" Areas
Of The Sea.

Source: MA
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