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Big Penguin
Big Penguin

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

The Big Penguin was erected by Centenary Celebrations Committee as a monument to the proclamation of town of Penguin and also as a tourist attraction. The town was named after the fairy penguin by Ronald C Gunn, a botanist.


Address:Main Road, Penguin, 7316
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.113382
Long: 146.072607
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape
Designer:Goliath Cement Company


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th October, 1975
Front Inscription


The Penguin area was first settled in 1861 by Edward Joseph Beecroft.

Penguin took its name from the Fairy Penguin and was so named by Ronald C Gunn a distinguished botanist of the era.

The Municipality was established in 1908 (Area 43185 Ha).

The fibro cement penguin nearby was erected to celebrate the Centenary of the Proclamation of the Penguin township on the 25th October 1975.

Population 1975 - Municipality 5000

- Penguin 3000.

Source: MA,RUMT
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au