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Memorial Park 2 : 02-March-2015
Memorial Park 2 : 02-March-2015

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The monument and memorial park commemorate David Berry (1795 - 1889), a early pioneer of Berry.  

Berry was originally called `Broughton Creek` but the name was changed by an Act of Parliament in 1890 in honour of the entrepreneurial Scotsman Alexander Berry and his brother David Berry. After Alexander Berry died in 1873 the Coolangatta Estate passed to his brother. David Berry nurtured the development of Broughton Creek, donating land for an agricultural showground and for four churches on the four corners of town: Presbyterian, Wesleyan, Catholic and Anglican. David Berry died in 1889.

On Wednesday, November 24, the ceremony of unveiling the monument to the late Mr. David Berry was performed by Mrs. John Hay, of Coolangatta, in the presence of a large and representative gathering of the people in the district. Addresses were delivered by Mr. John Stewart, president of the Berry Agricultural Association; Mr. James Stewart, secretary of the committee; Dr. John Hay, and Dr. James Norton, M.L.C. The monument has been erected in a prominent position between the showground and the Berry railway station. It consists of a polished granite column on a granite pedestal, resting on a bluestone base. 
Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney),  4 December 1897.


Address:Station Road & Alexandra Street, David Berry Memorial Park, Berry, 2535
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.77976
Long: 150.696193
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Designer:Andrew Brothers (Sydney)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 24th November, 1897
Front Inscription

This monument was erected by the tenants and friends of the later David Berry

In remembrance of a kind and considerate landlord and true friend of the people. 



Left Side Inscription

Unveiled by Mrs John Hay of Coolangatta,

24th November 1897.

Back Inscription

Arrived in the Colony

Right Side Inscription

Born Fifeshire, Scotland
29 December 1795,

Died Coolangatta
23 September 1889.

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