Alister Hayes: Calls for Darwin statue

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A MEMORIAL to Charles Darwin should be built in the city named after him, an historian said yesterday.

Alister Hayes hopes the memorial will be ready for the 200th anniversary of the Englishman's birth in 2009.

A statue of Darwin is to be built near the bus exchange by private developer Allan Garraway.

But some have suggested a bronze monument to the father of evolutionary science should be a centrepiece of the $1.1 billion waterfront development.

Another Darwin expert, American professor Tim Berra, has also called for a statue in the Territory capital.

A bronze bust, said to be of Darwin, was on display at the entrance to the NT Museum for many years -- until it was discovered the statue was actually of an obscure English explorer.

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