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Didelphis ursina (top) and Didelphis cynocephala, engraving after a drawing by Harris.

George Prideaux Robert Harris (1775–1810) was the deputy surveyor in the early days of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania), Australia, from settlement in 1803 until his death in Hobart Town in 1810.[1] He was also an explorer, artist and naturalist who described many of the plants and marsupials native to the Island, including the Tasmanian devil and the thylacine.[2]


  1. ^ Pretyman, E. R. (1966). "Harris, George Prideaux Robert (1775–1810)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University.
  2. ^ University Librarian (22 October 2007). "The Abject Thylacine". Imaging the Thylacine. University of Tasmania. Retrieved 2 May 2009.