Harry Butler

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Harry Butler
AO CBE
Born William Henry Butler
(1930-03-25) 25 March 1930 (age 84)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Claremont Teachers College
Western State College
Occupation Environmental consultant
Known for Environmentalism, songwriting
Television In the Wild - ABC Television

William Henry "Harry" Butler AO CBE (born 25 March 1930) is an Australian naturalist and environmental consultant. He is a populariser of science and natural history for both child and adult audiences and, as conservation consultant to the Barrow Island oilfield and many other projects, has played a major role in environmental conservation and restoration in Australia. He presented the popular Australian Broadcasting Corporation television series In the Wild. He also authored the books In The Wild, In the Wild (Part II) and Looking at the Wild.

Butler was born on 25 March 1930 in Perth, Western Australia.[1] He attended Claremont Teachers' College in Western Australia and later the Western State College in the United States.[2]

In 1968, he participated in the fifth of the Harold Hall Australian ornithological collecting expeditions. He has lectured, and been honoured, at museums in Western Australia, Canada, and the United States. Butler is a supporter of development projects such as mining, working with corporations and state governments as an environmental consultant. He co-wrote the UK Top Ten music hit "Sun Arise" with fellow Western Australian Rolf Harris.

Honours[edit]

In 1970, Butler was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[3] In 1980 this was upgraded to Commander level (CBE).[4]

In 1979, Butler was named the Australian of the Year,[5] jointly with Neville Bonner.

In 1993, he was awarded a cash prize for his 30 years of work with the petroleum industry.

On 4 March 2012, he was added to the National Trust of Australia's National Living Treasures list.[6]

On 11 June 2012, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to the community through the promotion of public understanding of natural history and wildlife conservation, to the development of collaborative environmental partnerships with industry, and to the community."[7]

A species of Mulga snake, Pseudechis butleri, and a spider Synothele butleri are named for Butler.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian of the Year Awards: Harry Butler CBE, 1979 (2006). Retrieved on 4 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Butler, William Henry (1930 - )". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  3. ^ It's an Honout: OBE
  4. ^ It's an Honour: CBE
  5. ^ Lewis, Wendy (2010). Australians of the Year. Pier 9 Press. ISBN 978-1-74196-809-5. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - The Queen's Birthday 2012 Honours Lists". Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia. 11 June 2012. p. 5. 
  8. ^ Raven, Robert; Marshall, Tracey. "A spider honours list?". Staff publications. University of Queensland. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  9. ^ "Pseudechis". kingsnake.com. 1998. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  • McCarthy, G.J (4 December 2006). "Butler, William Henry (1930 - )". Bright Sparcs Biographical entry. The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre (Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre). Retrieved 2007-12-04. "Butler was an honorary associate of the Western Australian Museum and the American Museum of Natural History." 
  • Robyn Williams (presenter) (27 July 2006). "Harry Butler". In Conversation. ABC - Radio National. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
Awards
Preceded by
Alan Bond and
Galarrwuy Yunupingu
Australian of the Year Award
1979
Served alongside: Senator Neville Bonner
Succeeded by
Manning Clark

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