Okano’s Grave

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Chief of Mitsui’s geological party, Mr Hiroshi (Harry) Okano, arrived in Moura in 1959. As well as being an experienced and able geologist, he delighted in the new sights and sounds of the Australian bush. On his return to Japan he wrote his experiences in a book he called simply “A Bush Life”.
His love of the area and it’s people convinced him that Moura should be his last resting place, so following his death on 21st August 1980, arrangements were made to enter his ashes in the Moura Lawn Cemetery.
Harry Okano was farewelled by a small group of friends. The Mornign Bulletin (2/11/1980) reported “Incense filled the air and the sound of Buddhist music was played on a wooden flute as those present said their final farewell by kneeling in front of the headstone”.
Harry Okano has also been honoured by have a street named for him in the town of Moura.