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Sir Frederick McCoy : 09-March-2013
Sir Frederick McCoy : 09-March-2013

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

The restored gravesite has three bronze plaques which describe the work of Sir Frederick McCoy, one of which is totally devoted to Leadbeater’s Possum. At the time of his death in 1899 he was arguably Australia’s most distinguished scientist.

Sir Frederick McCoy was president of the Royal Society of Victoria in 1864 and vice president in 1861 and 1870. It was during this time that he described the animal known as Gymnobelideus leadbeateri (Leadbeater’s Possum), Victoria’s state emblem. In an obituary in the Geological Magazine, the editor Henry Woodward stated that “Professor McCoy was the acknowledged chief of the scientific world of Australasia.”


Address:261 North Road, Brighton Cemetery, Caulfield South, 3162
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.901303
Long: 145.020653
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 28th September, 2008
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au