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Henry Simon : 22-October-2011
Henry Simon : 22-October-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The gates to the Observatory commemorate Henry Simon of Koala Brand Shoes. One Koala medallion has been installed in the ironwork on the gates in recognition of this.

One of the Gardens most significant projects at Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne in the late 1990s was the development of the Observatory site. As part of this development, a grand set of large gates near to the Visitor Centre were installed. These gates are referred to as the Observatory Gates, or O Gate. Visitors to the Gardens arrive at the Observatory Plaza site and are lead into the Gardens proper through this magnificent set of gates.

The gates combine plant imagery with historical references and were designed and installed in 1999 by a local artist Daryl Cowie.



Address:Birdwood Avenue, Observatory Gate, Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830003
Long: 144.976175
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Designer:Daryl Cowie


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:July-2000
Front Inscription



Left Side Inscription
The Observatory Gates 

Erected July 2000
Right Side Inscription

A tribute to Henry Simon

1920 - 1998


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