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Last Updated: Thursday November 15 2007 19:26 GMT

Special day honours Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin
A statue of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has been unveiled to mark the first official day in his memory.

Australian Steve, who was famous for his wildlife work, died last year after he was stung in the chest by a sting ray while filming a documentary.

Kids across Australia have been wearing his trademark khaki clothes to school and camping out to raise money for animal and conservation charities.

His daughter Bindi said she wanted everyone to remember her dad's work.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said how much the country missed him.

The statue
About 6,000 people flocked to the Queensland zoo he ran for the first ever Steve Irwin day.

Bindi and her brother Robert helped their mum, Terri, unveil a life-size bronze statue of the family holding a crocodile.

"I hope everyone enjoys their day today and remembers dad as the true blue Aussie guy he was," she said.

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