Harry Butler, Naturalist and conservationist, Died at 85

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William Henry “Harry” Butler was born on March 25, 1930, and died on December 2015.

He was an Australian naturalist and environmental consultant.

William was a populariser of science and natural history for both child and adult audiences and, as a conservation consultant to the Barrow Island oilfield and many other projects, played a major role in environmental conservation and restoration in Australia.

He presented the popular Australian Broadcasting Corporation television series In the Wild.

William also authored the books In The Wild, In the Wild (Part II) and Looking at the Wild.

William Butler was born on 25 March 1930 in Perth, Western Australia.

He attended Claremont Teachers’ College in Western Australia and later the Western State College in the United States.

In 1968, William participated in the fifth of the Harold Hall Australian ornithological collecting expeditions.

William has lectured, and been honoured, at museums in Western Australia, Canada, and the United States.

William Butler was 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.

William Butler passed due to cancer, aged 85, at a hospital in Perth on December 11, 2015.

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