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22-January-2019 (Heather Stevens)
22-January-2019 (Heather Stevens)

Photographs supplied by Heather Stevens / John Huth

The garden commemorates naturalist and Manilla store keeper Harry Burrell (1873 - 1945).  The garden features a sculptured plaque and platypuses. 

He was a specialist in the Platypus after many decades of intensive research along the Manilla, Namoi and McDonald rivers. In 1927 he published his findings in his book "The Platypus", and in 1937 was awarded an Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for his contribution to the understanding of animal anatomy.


Address:197 Manilla Street, Manilla Heritage Museum, Manilla, 2346
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.746605
Long: 150.719981
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People
Designer:Marion Bignell & Eric Dekkers (garden)
Artist:Frank Halliday platypuses & plaque)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 12th October, 1991
Front Inscription

This memorial is dedicated to Harry Burrell -  1873 - 1945, O.B.E. amateur naturalist, for his contribution in unlocking the
secrets of Ornithorhynchus Platypus on the Namoi and Manilla Rivers District

Manilla Historical Society
Marion Bignall President
David Ridgewell Organiser

Frank Halliday Sculptor

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