Awards Heading

Associate of Honour

The Associate of Honour of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture (AHRIH) is awarded to persons who have given distinguished service to horticulture in New Zealand.  This is a select group because the current rules state that no more than 60 people can hold the award, and no more than three awards are given per year. 

This honour dates back to the late 1940s, the earlier days of the Institute and the award citations have always been published on a regular basis in our journal.

However, because of the long legacy of this award there are inevitably some members who have resigned or passed away.  We feel that it is important to record the life of these eminent horticulturists in obituaries also published in the RNZIH journal.

While we hold generally good records of our current and previous Associates, the list below will contain some inaccuracies. We would greatly appreciate it if anyone could help improve the following records.

Thanks to those who have already helped with information on our AHRIH members, including Alan Jellyman, Alison Simpson, Carroll Walsh, Chris Webb, David Glenn, David Moyle, David Shillito, the late George Malcom, Gordon Collier, the late Lawrie Metcalf, Michael Ayrton, Mick Reece, Mike Wilcox, Peter Sergel, the late Ralph Ballinger, Ross Ferguson, and Sue Davison. They have provided some interesting information as well as clarifying the status of many of our Associates.

Murray Dawson

 

Previous Recipients List

Name

AHRIH year

Location

Joining Date

Citation

Status

Biographical notes and references

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Current Associates

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mrs Muriel Constance Davison AHRIH (2018) Wyndham   New Zealand Garden Journal, 2018, Vol. 21(1): 35 Current  
Mr David Timothy Sole AHRIH (2018) Wellington 25-Oct-1986 New Zealand Garden Journal, 2018, Vol. 21(1): 36 Current  
Mr Maxwell John Paynter AHRIH (2017) Hastings 20-Mar-1963  New Zealand Garden Journal, 2017, Vol. 20(1): 23 Current  
Mr Murray Ian Dawson AHRIH (2016) Christchurch 22-July-1996 New Zealand Garden Journal, 2016, Vol. 19(1): 25 Current
Mr Egidius (Eddie) Martinus Wullems AHRIH (2016) Hamilton 4-Oct-2003 New Zealand Garden Journal, 2016, Vol. 19(1): 26 Current  
Mr Neiel Winston Drain AHRIH (2013) Christchurch New Zealand Garden Journal, 2013, Vol. 16(1): 29 Current
Mr Andrew David Maloy AHRIH (2012) Auckland
6-Jun-1985
New Zealand Garden Journal, 2012, Vol. 15(1): 32-33 Current

Mr Julian John Matthews AHRIH (2011) Waikanae   New Zealand Garden Journal, 2011, Vol. 14(1): 23-25 Current

Mr Kwai Ock (Keith) Lowe AHRIH (2010) Wellington   New Zealand Garden Journal, 2010, Vol. 13(1): 28-29 Current

Mr Robin (Rob) Lucas AHRIH (2010) Wellington
29-Apr-1969
New Zealand Garden Journal, 2010, Vol. 13(1): 29-30 Current

Mr Michael Alan Ayrton AHRIH (2009) Auckland
1-Mar-1993
New Zealand Garden Journal, 2009, Vol. 12(1): 26 Current

Mr Denis Frank Hughes

AHRIH (2009) Tapanui
4-Mar-1963
New Zealand Garden Journal, 2009, Vol. 12(1): 27 Current

Mr Peter H. Arthur

AHRIH (2008)

Hastings

21-Jan-1992

New Zealand Garden Journal, 2008, Vol. 11(2) : 16-18

Current

Mr Peter Sergel

AHRIH (2008)

Hamilton

 

New Zealand Garden Journal, 2008, Vol. 11(2) : 16-18

Current

Mrs Margaret Barker

AHRIH (2007)

Dunedin

 

New Zealand Garden Journal, 2007, Vol. 10(1): 22-23

Current

Dr Brian Peter John Molloy

AHRIH (2007)

Christchurch

 

New Zealand Garden Journal, 2007, Vol. 10(1): 23-24

Current

Mr Graham Frederick Smith

AHRIH (2007)

Pukeiti

 

New Zealand Garden Journal, 2007, Vol. 10(1): 24-25

Current

Mr Neville Haydon

AHRIH (2006)

Auckland

 

New Zealand Garden Journal, 2006, Vol. 9(2): 21-22

Current

Ms Kerry Carman

AHRIH (2004)

Masterton

26-Oct-2004

New Zealand Garden Journal, 2004, Vol. 7(2): 22

Current

Mrs Susan (Sue) Davison

AHRIH (2004)

Auckland

26-Mar-1961

New Zealand Garden Journal, 2004, Vol. 7(2): 23

Current

Mr Michael (Mike) Robert Oates

AHRIH (2003)

Wellington

8-Mar-1982

New Zealand Garden Journal, 2003, Vol. 6(2): 21

Current

Mrs Audrey Eagle

AHRIH (2002)

Dunedin

1-Nov-2003

Current

Mr Gordon Sydney Collier

AHRIH (2001)

Taupo

3-Feb-2005

Current

Mr Terence (Terry) Charles Hatch

AHRIH (2001)

Pukekohe East

 

Current

Mr David Lewis Shillito

AHRIH (2001)

Canterbury

17-Jun-1982

Current

Mrs Patricia (Pat) Stuart

AHRIH (1999)

Wanaka

9-Aug-1999

Current

Dr Allan R. (Ross) Ferguson

AHRIH (1998)

Auckland

1-Jun-1978

Current

Mrs Beverley M. McConnell

AHRIH (1998)

Auckland

21-Nov-1990

Current

Mr John (Jack) G. Hobbs

AHRIH (1996)

Pukekohe

1-Jul-1990

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1996, Vol. 1(4): 10

Current

Mrs Y. J. (Vonnie) Cave

AHRIH (1995)

Whanganui

15-May-1995

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1996, Vol. 1(1): 10

Current

Dr Keith R. W. Hammett

AHRIH (1994)

Auckland

9-Mar-1982

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(2): 20–21

Current

Dr Sam D. McGredy

AHRIH (1994)

Auckland

1-Sep-1994

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(2): 18–19

Current

Prof K. S. Milne

AHRIH (1994)

Palmerston North

1-Sep-1994

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(2): 19

Current

Mr Alan D. Jellyman

AHRIH (1993)

New Plymouth

25-May-1956

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(1): 26–27

Current

Mr R. J. Berry

AHRIH (1992)

Gisborne

15-Oct-1963

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1992, Vol. 3(2): 20–21

Current

Prof T. C. (Carrick) Chambers

AHRIH (1990)

Sydney, Australia

 

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(1): 26

Current

Mr P. W. Taylor

AHRIH (1989)

Te Puke

29-Jun-1989

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1990, Vol. 1(1): 27

Current

Dr Ron C. Close

AHRIH (1987)

Christchurch

9-Jun-1980

Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1988, Vol. 15: 48–49

Current

Mr Philip J. Jew

AHRIH (1983)

Auckland

16-Dec-1947

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1983, Vol. 11: 58–59

Current

Mr Richard J. Nanson

AHRIH (1980)

Wellington

8-Feb-1954

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1980, Vol. 8: 68–69

Current

Mr H. B. Williams

AHRIH (1976)

Gisborne

6-May-1976

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 81

Current

Mr J. H. Glazebrook

AHRIH (1963)

Pershore, England

20-Sep-1949

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1963, Vol. 5(2): 83

Current

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Incomplete Records / Uncertain Status

 

 

 

 

Mr H. J. Poole

AHRIH (1975)

Lower Hutt

2-Dec-1947

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 79

Uncertain status

Mr C. V. Holyoake

AHRIH (1973)

Waikanae/Auckland

2-May-1950

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1974, Vol. 2: 58

Uncertain status

Mr J. (Jack) E. Hume

AHRIH (1968)

Palmerston North

2-Aug-1963

check journal for citation

Uncertain status

Jack Hume was probably an examiner from the Department of Agriculture (or the Horticulture Division). He may also have had some involvement as an examiner for the National Diploma in Horticulture.

Mr C. H. J. Wiley

AHRIH (1968?)

Auckland

 

check journal for citation

Uncertain status

C. H. J. Wiley was possibly associated with Department of Agriculture.

Mrs N. V. Anderson AHRIH (1967) Mangatoki (Taranaki)   New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 137-138 Uncertain status

N. V. Anderson - this could possibly be Iris Anderson of Mangatoki. Iris was secretary for the Stratford Hospital and she was a member of the RNZIH and of the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust Executive Committee for many years.

Mr K. B. Burns

AHRIH (1965)

Timaru

 

Uncertain status

Mr F. P. Knight, VMH, FLS

AHRIH (1965) Wisely, England     Uncertain status

Mr Jonathan Bennett

AHRIH (1964)

?

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1964, Vol. 5(6): 283-284

Uncertain status

Mr Percy J. Cox

AHRIH (1963)

Whanganui

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1963, Vol. 5(2): 82-83

Uncertain status

Percy Cox was the Director of Parks for Whanganui and a renowned plantsman. He retired sometime before 1957. His Grandson is Ron Stoneman of Whanganui.

J. S. Dakers

AHRIH (pre-1959)

?

 

 

Uncertain status

J. S. Dakers - possibly a spelling mistake and refers to J.S. Dakins who was Director of Parks for Oamaru late 1950s and 1960s.

F. R. Long

AHRIH (pre-1959)

?

 

 

Uncertain status

R. H. Long

AHRIH (pre-1958)

?

 

 

Uncertain status

Mr E. Hutt

AHRIH (1953) Wellington     Uncertain status

Mrs Anne Burgess

AHRIH (1948)

New Plymouth

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

Uncertain status

M. F. Barnett

AHRIH (1948*)

?

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

Uncertain status

M. F. Barnett - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution.

F. D. Lennie

AHRIH (1948*)

?

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

Uncertain status

F. D. Lennie - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution.

T. Horton

AHRIH (1948*)

?

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

Uncertain status

T. Horton - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution.

G. W. Wright

AHRIH (1948*)

?

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

Uncertain status

G. W. Wright - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Previous Associates

 

 

 

 

 

Mr John Robert Massy Wills AHRIH (2011) Hawke’s Bay   New Zealand Garden Journal, 2011, Vol. 14(1): 25-26 Deceased 2015  
Mrs Rene Orchiston AHRIH (2003) Gisborne
22-Oct-2003
New Zealand Garden Journal, 2003, Vol. 6(2): 20 Deceased 19 Oct 2010

Mr John A. Anderson

AHRIH (1999)

South Canterbury

 

Deceased April 2000

Prof Geoffrey (Geoff) T. S. Baylis

AHRIH (1997)

Dunedin

10-Nov-1947

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1997, Vol. 2(4): 22–23

1913 - 2003

Obituaries for Geoff Baylis:

Dr Roderick (Rod) L. Bieleski AHRIH (1997) Auckland 17-Apr-1979 New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1997, Vol. 2(4): 22

Deceased November 2016

Rod Bieleski obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2016, Vol. 19(2): 35.

Mr Edward (Ted) Derrick Sweetman

AHRIH (1997)

Wellington

 

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1997, Vol. 2(4): 23–24

Deceased 17 Jan 2008

Ted Sweetman obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2008, Vol. 11(2): 18-24.

Mr Brian L. Buchanan

AHRIH (1996)

Auckland

  14-Feb-1961

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1996, Vol. 1(4): 9–10

Deceased 1996

Mr Alan Livesey Mason

AHRIH (1996)

Feilding

5-Jul-1971

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1996, Vol. 1(4): 10–11

21 Dec 1921 – 28 April 2016 Alan Mason obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2016, Vol. 19(1): 27.

Mr Ronald (Ron) Richard Flook

AHRIH (1995)

Nelson

1-Jun-1983

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1996, Vol. 1(1): 10–11

14 Sept 1932 - 9 Jan 2006

Ron Flook obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2006, Vol. 9(1): 20-22.

Mr Ron C. Gordon

AHRIH (1995)

Taihape

15-May-1995

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1996, Vol. 1(1): 10

Deceased c.2000

Ron Gordon obituary: Newsletter of the RNZIH, 2001, No. 1.

Dr David Roger Given

AHRIH (1993)

Christchurch

11-Aug-1993

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(1): 26

8 Nov 1943 - 27 Nov 2005

David Given obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2006, Vol. 9(1): 19-20.

Mr K. W. Kiddle

AHRIH (1993)

Havelock North

11-Aug-1993

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1994, Vol. 5(1): 27

1922 - 15 Jan 2012

Ken Kiddle obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2012, Vol. 15(1): 34-35.

Mr Roland (‘Roly’) Woodroffe Earp AHRIH (1992) Te Puna 23-Mar-1992 Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1992, Vol. 3(2): 19 Deceased 18 December 2016

Roly Earp obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2017, Vol. 20(1).

Mr Ronald (Ron) Angus Proctor

AHRIH (1992)

Christchurch

22-Feb-1965

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1992, Vol. 3(2): 20

1918 - 2004

Ron Proctor obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2004, Vol. 7(1): 23.

Mr W. (Bill) R. Sykes AHRIH (1992) Christchurch 16-Nov-1961 Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1992, Vol. 3(2): 20 Deceased 5 January 2017  

Mrs K. J. (Jean) Veal

AHRIH (1992)

Auckland

30-Jun-1964

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1992, Vol. 3(2): 19–20

1920 - July 2004

Jean Veal obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2004, Vol. 7(1): 22.

Mrs Muriel E. Fisher AHRIH (1991) Auckland
17-Jun-1991
Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(2): 27

Deceased 23 July 2012

Muriel Fisher obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2013, Vol. 16(1): 30-31.

Dr Alick Lindsay Poole

AHRIH (1991)

Wellington

26-Sep-1958

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(2): 27

Deceased 2 Jan 2008

Lindsay Poole obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2008, Vol. 11(2): 18-24.

Mr Murray Richards

AHRIH (1991)

Palmerston North

15-Apr-1991

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(2): 27–28

Deceased c.2000?

Murray Richards obituary: Newsletter of the RNZIH, 2000, No.2. [to check].

Mr L. C. J. Clark

AHRIH (1990)

Christchurch

28-Nov-1957

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(1): 26

Deceased

Mr I. G. (George) Rainey

AHRIH (1990)

Auckland

26-Jun-1966

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1991, Vol. 2(1): 26–27

10 Feb 1930 - 13 May 2003

George Rainey obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2003, Vol. 6(1): 3.

Mr Raymond (Ray) H. Mole

AHRIH (1989)

Wellington

  8-Jul-1965

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1990, Vol. 1(1): 27–28

Deceased 1995

Ray Mole was a former curator of the Otari Open Air Plant Museum (now known as Otari-Wilton Bush).

Mr Hugh Redgrove

AHRIH (1989)

Auckland

 

Horticulture in New Zealand : Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1990, Vol. 1(1): 27

Deceased

Mr Thomas Robert N. (Noel) Lothian

AHRIH (1988)

S Australia

15-Jul-1977

Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1989, Vol. 16: 43

25 Dec 1915 - 24 Sept 2004

Noel Lothian obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2006, Vol. 9(1): 25.

Mr Lawrie J. Metcalf AHRIH (1988) Nelson
25-Sep-1957
Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1989, Vol. 16: 43–44 18 Aug 1928 - 18 Aug 2017 Lawrie Metcalf obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2017, Vol. 20(2): 27-29.

Mr Graeme Paterson

AHRIH (1988)

Timaru

  15-Dec-1972

Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1989, Vol. 16: 44

Deceased 1988

Graeme Paterson was the Timaru Botanic Gardens Director from 1982 up until his premature death in 1988.

Dr John Dunstan Atkinson

AHRIH  (pre-1988)

Auckland

30-Apr-1976

  ?

3 March 1909 - 27 Feb 1990

John Atkinson - see http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/

Mr Ralph J. Ballinger AHRIH (1987) Blenheim 25-Sep-1963 Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1988, Vol. 15: 48 5 Nov 1915 - 21 Feb 2015 Ralph Ballinger obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2015, Vol. 18(1): 36.
Mr I. F. Bonisch AHRIH (1986) Ashburton

26-Mar-1956

Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1986/87, Vol. 14: 58 Deceased 3/1/2011  

Mrs Barbara J. Cave

AHRIH (1986)

Dunedin

18-Feb-1975

Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1986/87, Vol. 14: 59

Deceased

Barbara Cave was active in the Dunedin Horticultural Society from 1960 and was publicity officer for Festival displays. She was a foundation member of the Dunedin Floral Art Society and National councillor of FloralArt N.Z. Inc. Editor of FASNZ and National President 1979-81. Chairperson of Education Committee of Teachers and Judges Assn. From 1971 committee member of RNZIH District Council and chairperson 1982-86. She died in Renwick, Marlborough.

Dr E. E. (Ted) Chamberlain

AHRIH (1986)

Auckland

15-Oct-1959

Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1986/87, Vol. 14: 59

Deceased 1993

Mrs Margaret Watling

AHRIH (1986)

Christchurch

 

Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1986/87, Vol. 14: 60

Deceased 1986

Margaret Watling obituary: The Press, 16 April 1986: p.12.

Mr J. S. Say

AHRIH (1985)

Auckland (formerly Waihi Beach)

8-Mar-1955

Annual Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, 1985, Vol. 13: 12

Deceased July 2004

Dr Eric J. Godley AHRIH (1984) Christchurch
15-Feb-1983
Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1984, Vol. 12: 102–103

Deceased 27 June 2010

Mr Eric E. Toleman

AHRIH (1984)

Hamilton

29-Mar-1960

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1984, Vol. 12: 103

Deceased

Mr G. P. Ward

AHRIH (1984)

Christchurch

2-Feb-1982

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1984, Vol. 12: 101–102

Deceased 29 July 2003

Mr Sydney C. (Charlie) Challenger

AHRIH (1983)

Little River

6-May-1983

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1983, Vol. 11: 57

27 Oct 1922 - 21 Sept 2007

Charlie Challenger obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2007, Vol. 10(2): 24-25.

Mrs Rona H. (Winsome) Shepherd

AHRIH (1983)

Wellington

7-Dec-1957

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1983, Vol. 11: 59–60

Deceased 4 June 2011

Dr Donald (Don) William McKenzie

AHRIH (1982)

Hastings

 

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1982, Vol. 10: 60–61

Deceased 2 July 1988

Don McKenzie biography: Tree Cropper, 2008.

Mrs M. J. (Joy) Amos AHRIH (1981) Auckland
26-Jun-1974
Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1981, Vol. 9: 81 Deceased 13 January 2011

Mr George B. Malcolm

AHRIH (1981)

Christchurch

11-May-1971

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1981, Vol. 9: 82–83

27 Nov 1917 - 29 Jan 2012

George Malcolm obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2012, Vol. 15(1): 34-36.

Mrs Daisy A. Hardwick

AHRIH (1980)

Tauranga

15-Apr-1966

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1980, Vol. 8: 68

1906 - 1989

Daisy Hardwick was an enthusiast for ornamental and domestic horticulture in the Tauranga district. From 1952 she presented fortnightly garden talks on on the radio - 1YD Rotorua and from 1961 on 1ZD Tauranga. She wrote a gardening column for the Bay of Plenty Times for 16 years. She was Patroness of Tauranga Federation of Gardening Clubs and supporter of the Bay of Plenty District Council RNZIH .

Mr Edward H. (Hugh) Latimer AHRIH (1980) Auckland

1-Jun-1962

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1980, Vol. 8: 67–68 Deceased 2 July 2009

Hugh Latimer joined the Department of Agriculture in 1950. He then joined the Justice Department becoming Farm Supervisor for Waikaria Prison Farm where he developed an interest in horticultural crops. In 1959, Hugh Latimer was originally appointed Superintendent of Cornwall Park Farm, Auckland until 1986. He then was appointed Park Director of Cornwall Park Trust Board producing 20,000 plants (many natives) for planting around Auckland. He retired in 1991. Hugh was on the Executive of the Institute of Parks and Recreation for many years and was President of the Auckland District Council RNZIH.

Mr David G. Anyon

AHRIH (1979)

Wellington

 

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1979, Vol. 7: 63–64

Deceased 2016

David Anyon was a florist in Wellington. His AHRIH was for his contribution to floral art and design over many years.

Mr Alan G. Scott

AHRIH (1979)

Morrinsville

2-Aug-1948

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1979, Vol. 7: 62

Deceased c.2002?

Dr T. M. Morrison AHRIH (1979) Queensland, Australia
7-Feb-1966
Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1979, Vol. 7: 61–62 Deceased 2013/2014?

Prof Jack A. Veale

AHRIH (1979)

Palmerston North

12-Mar-1968

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1979, Vol. 7: 64

Deceased c.1999?

Jack Veale obituary: Newsletter of the RNZIH, 1999, No.1. [to check].

Mr Arthur J. F. Healy AHRIH (1977) Christchurch
28-May-1954
Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1978, Vol. 6: 101 Deceased 25 Sept 2011

Mrs M. Kennedy

AHRIH (1977)

Whangarei

27-Mar-1957

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1978, Vol. 6: 102–103

Deceased 2001-2007

Mr Peter Jensen Reid Skellerup

AHRIH (1977)

Christchurch

10-Sep-1955

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1978, Vol. 6: 103–104

14 Jan 1918 - 15 May 2006

Peter Skellerup obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2006, Vol. 9(2): 23-24.

Mr Gavin G. Henderson

AHRIH (1976)

Dunedin

30-Jun-1947

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 80–81

Deceased c.1984

Gavin Henderson was a Superintendent of Parks of Dunedin City Council (succeeding Maurice Skipworth), and before that Deputy of Parks Christchurch City Council. He was a regular examiner for NDH examinations. His son Jim has worked at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Mr Keith J. Lemmon

AHRIH (1975)

Palmerston North

4-Sep-1963

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 78–79

Deceased

Keith Lemmon was Dominion Secretary of the RNZIH for many years. In May 1977 a presentation was made to Mr Lemmon by the RNZIH for his contribution as secretary and in particular for his assistance with examinations.

Mr T. H. (Harold) Warburton

AHRIH (1975)

Greytown

 

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1977, Vol. 5: 80

Deceased 1982-1983

Harold Warburton was for many years Dominion President of the NZ Vegetable and Produce Growers Association and in 1977 was made Vice President of the RNZIH. He was awarded an OBE for services to the horticultural industry. Also see Bulletin 27, p.8, 1983.

Mrs Doris Benstead

AHRIH (1974)

Lower Hutt

10-Nov-1966

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1976, Vol. 4: 60–61

Deceased

Doris Benstead had a lifetime of gardening in Lower Hutt . She was instrumental in setting up the Townswomens Guild in Lower Hutt with one aim to foster gardening. She organised Evening Garden Circle for Hutt Valley Horticultural Society and gave many gardening talks emphasizing correct naming of plants for exhibition purposes.

Mr S. W. Burstall AHRIH (1974) Rotorua/Auckland

7-Feb-1975

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1976, Vol. 4: 63 Deceased

Mr K. H. Marcussen

AHRIH (1974)

Christchurch

8-Dec-1947

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1976, Vol. 4: 62–63

Deceased 2002

Mr Arthur Farnell

AHRIH (1973)

Auckland

 

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1974, Vol. 2: 57–58

Deceased

Mr John Osborne Taylor

AHRIH (1973)

Christchurch

11-Feb-1948

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1974, Vol. 2: 29

31 Oct 1925 - 26 July 2005

John Taylor obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2005, Vol. 8(2): 26-27.

Mr Ian D. Galloway, MBE

AHRIH (1972)

Wellington

 

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1973, Vol. 1: 16

Deceased

Mr H. R. Sampson

AHRIH (1972)

Christchurch

 

Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1973, Vol. 1: 17

Deceased

Mr Ralph T. Fear

AHRIH (1971)

Hamilton/Waikato

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1971, Vol. 2(2): 53

Deceased

Ralph Fear was president of the RNZIH, involved in Turners and Growers and was the leading person in fruit and vegetable competitions in the local A&P show.

Mrs Katie E. Reynolds

AHRIH (1971)

Auckland (ex Whangarei)

13-Nov-1952

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1971, Vol. 2(2): 52-53

Deceased c.2000

Mr Carl A. Teschner

AHRIH (1971)

Otago

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1971, Vol. 2(2): 51-52

1892/1893 - 1971

Carl Teschner was a nurseryman and a gardener, particularly of alpines. Teschner, D’Arcy Blackburn, and Emily Jean Stevens were co-founders of the New Zealand Iris Society. He may have been apprenticed to a nursery in the Dandenongs. During the war he joined the Australian Territorials and served in Palestine , and came to Gore after the war and bought a farm 'Whiterig' and also had a small nursery there. He moved to Dunedin about 1942 and developed a nursery in Montague Street . Rock gardening and species iris were his main horticultural interests and his Dunedin Garden was a Mecca for New Zealanders and overseas visitors. A few weeks before he died he received notification that the distinction of Associate of Honour of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, of which he was a Fellow, had been conferred on him.

Citation:
Carl A Teschner has had a long and successful experience in the practice of horticulture extending over some sixty years and has rendered distinguished service to this pursuit. From his activities and interests as an '"average" gardener he progressed to the stage when his practical experience and knowledge were readily and freely made available to his fellow horticulturists.

Over the years his services as a lecturer were given on many occasions to horticultural societies, gardening clubs and circles, agricultural clubs and related bodies throughout Otago and Southland, taking much time in preparation, delivery and travelling, with no thought of remuneration. For some years he was a popular lecturer on the Gardening Session of 4YZ.

He has contributed numerous articles to NZ and overseas horticultural journals.

Mr Teschner's Honorary Life Memberships include those of: The Alpine Garden Society (England) (25 years), American Rock Garden Club, NZ Iris Society, and Dunedin - Horticultural Society, Gardening Club and Iris Society. In addition to these, he has been a very active member of other numerous horticultural organisations, notably as Secretary of the Alpine Garden Society (England) - NZ Section, the Dunedin Gardening Club, the Dunedin Horticultural Society (1963-1964-1965-1966-) and the Otago District Council (R.N.Z.I.H).

Whilst keen on general gardening Mr Teschner has specialised in the growing of alpines and plants indigenous to NZ, giving freely of his service and highly specialised knowledge to those who followed these particular hobbies. Exhibiting and judging at shows were additional activities undertaken.

The Otago District Council recommend that Dominion Council give favourable consideration to its nomination of Carl A. Teschner as an Associate of Honour R.N.Z.I.H.
Unfortunately he did not live long enough to have the award presented to him.

Mr H. J. (Jack) Clark

AHRIH (1970)

Auckland

1-Apr-1970

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1970, Vol. 1(6): 265

Deceased c.1999

Jack Clark obituary: Newsletter of the RNZIH, 1999, No.1.

Mr Bernard Hollard

AHRIH (1970)

Kaponga

28-Jan-1948

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1970, Vol. 1(6): 266

Deceased 1996

Bernard Hollard was a gardener and may also have been a nurseryman. He was known for growing rhododendrons. He may have been the breeder of Rhododendron 'Kaponga' and similar cultivars. Bernard owned Hollard gardens, the first garden gifted to the QEII Trust and now owned by Taranaki Regional Council.

Mr Stuart Peterson

AHRIH (1970)

Wellington

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1970, Vol. 1(6): 267

Deceased

Stuart Peterson owned SW Peterson Chemicals and was an early Chairman of Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust. His obituary may be in one of the Pukeiti newsletters of the early 1970s.

Mr James C. Stirling

AHRIH (1970)

Whanganui/Wellington

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1970, Vol. 1(6): 267-269

Deceased

James Stirling BEM was gardener of the Government buildings and grounds around Parliament Buildings. He was of Scottish decent and keen on New Zealand native plants. Pittosporum tenuifolium 'James Stirling' and Hebe ochracea 'James Stirling' are named after him.

Miss Joan Marjorie Dingley

AHRIH (1969)

Auckland

15-Sep-1959

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1969, Vol. 1(2): 69

Deceased 1 Jan 2008

Joan Dingley obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2008, Vol. 11(2): 18-24.

Mr Mervyn Evans

AHRIH (1969)

Wellington

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1969, Vol. 1(2): 69-71

Deceased 14 Feb 1969

Mervyn Evans - his AHRIH was awarded posthumously.

Prof Hugh Douglas Gordon

AHRIH (1968)

Wellington

 

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Deceased Oct 1978

Hugh Gordon was ex Professor and Head of Botany Department, Victoria University of Wellington 1947-1977. He was Chairman of the RNZIH Examining Board for many years.

Mr J. (Jack) F. Living

AHRIH (1968)

Wellington

 

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Deceased 1977

Jack Living was a prominent Wellington businessman. He was Chairman of the RNZIH in the 1960s and President of the RNZIH in 1962. See:

  • Obituary in Bulletin No. 6, 1978, p.14

  • Bulletin No. 7, p.14

Mr Frederick (Fred) Leo Parker

AHRIH (1968)

New Plymouth

 

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Deceased 1982-1983

Fred Parker was a great New Plymouth gardener and plant breeder who helped develop the Ferneries complex at Pukekura Park and served on the Pukekura Park Committee from 1926-1966. He was responsible for raising various plants such as Erica 'Parkeri'. His home Parkers Gardens was well known. He was an original member of the Pukekura Park Committee and served on this for over 40 years. Also known for work with the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust. He was awarded an MBE and an AHRIH in 1968. See:

Mr John P. Salinger

AHRIH (1968)

Palmerston North

 

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Deceased Feb 1987

John Salinger was for many years a strong supporter of the RNZIH and an examiner for NDH in the 1960s. He specialised in flower growing and based his PhD on flower production, and wrote many articles on this subject. In 1967 he was appointed as senior lecturer in horticulture at Massey University and represented the Universities on the Loder Cup committee.

Mr T. F. A. Archer

AHRIH (1967)

Upper Moutere (Nelson)

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 138

Deceased 1982-1983

T. F. A. Archer - see Bulletin 27, p.8, 1983.

Mrs Margaret T. M. Martin

AHRIH (1967)

Whangarei

13-Jul-1951

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 135

Deceased Oct 1988

Margaret Martin was a distinguished botanist/horticulturist and worked closely with Dr. Leonard Cockayne. She helped set up the Whangarei RNZIH District Council. Obituary: Bulletin 49, p.26, 1989.

Mrs Nancy Steen

AHRIH (1967)

Auckland

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 136

1898-1986

Nancy Steen displayed an early talent for gardening and art. During her lifetime she embraced a range of activities in these two complementary fields, including working as a studio artist in the 1920s at an advertising agency, exhibiting regularly at the Auckland Society of Arts, developing several gardens of her own as well as landscaping others' gardens. Her passion for old roses motivated her to dedicate herself to the study, drawing, photography and cultivation of old roses in New Zealand and overseas. She was keenly sought after as a speaker and writer, and, with her husband, spent holidays and weekends touring the countryside searching out old species of roses. Her authoritative book "The Charm of Old Roses" was published in 1966 and has ensured her a place among the world's authorities on old roses. The Nancy Steen Rose Garden in Parnell, Auckland is named in her honour.

Mrs (Emily) Jean Stevens

AHRIH (1967)

Whanganui

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 136-137

3 Sept 1900 - 8 Aug 1967

Jean Stevens was a renowned Iris enthusiast. She received the Plant Raiser Award posthumously in 1983 for Leucadendron 'Red Gem'. Also see:

Mr John Watling

AHRIH (1967)

Halswell/Canterbury

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, Vol. 7(3): 138

Deceased

John Watling was a prominent member of the Canterbury Horticultural Society and the Christchurch Beautifying Society. He was a long-time judge of garden competitions and had a fine garden in Kennedy's Bush Road .

Mr R. D. Chamberlain

AHRIH (1966)

Hawera

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1966, Vol. 6(6): 286-287

Deceased 1982-1983

R. D. Chamberlain was a leading light in the South Taranaki District Council of RNZIH and a great contemporary of Rod Syme. See Bulletin 27, p.8, 1983.

Mr (William) Douglas Cook

AHRIH (1966)

Manawatu

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1966, Vol. 6(6): 287-288

28 Oct 1884 - 27 April 1967

Douglas Cook was the founder of Eastwoodhill arboretum, Gisborne. See:

Mr G. A. R. Petrie

AHRIH (1966)

Invercargill/Southland

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1966, Vol. 6(6): 288

Deceased c.1987

G. A. R. Petrie was a former Director of Parks and Reserves, Invercargill.

Mr G. A. R. Phillips

AHRIH (1966)

Wellington

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1966, Vol. 6(6): 288-289

Deceased c.1967

G. A. R. Phillips obituary: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1967, 7(4): ??

Col. T. Durrant AHRIH (1964) Tirau/Rotorua   New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1964, Vol. 5(6): 284 Deceased c. June 2005  

Mr James William Matthews

AHRIH (1964)

Waikanae

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1964, Vol. 5(6): 284-285

1895-1982

James Matthews was Founding Editor of the NZ Gardener. James and his wife Barabara had two sons, Julian and Louis. Julian was also Editor of the NZ Gardener and Louis used to have Protea nursery at French Farm on Akaroa Harbour . See http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/

Mrs Barbara Winifred Matthews

AHRIH (1964)

Waikanae

2-Feb-1984

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1964, Vol. 5(6): 283-284

1917-1997

Barbara Matthews - see http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/

Mr C. (Charlie) R. Reader

AHRIH (1963)

Auckland

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1963, Vol. 5(2): 83-84

Deceased

Charlie Reader was the great all rounder. He must hold the record for attendance at Conferences - always took part in the proceedings and had the amusing habit of apologising to the chairman for being always on his feet. (From notes written by the late Jim Hunter).

He was probably a founder of the Auckland Horticultural Council, and they may have the date of his death. He was a delightful character. He died suddenly while hoeing the border beside the drive, aged 82.

Mr T. Y. Turner AHRIH (1963) Dunedin/Otago   New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1963, Vol. 5(2): 84 Deceased 1967-1974

Mr Huia Gray Gilpin

AHRIH (1962)

Christchurch

20-Aug-1949

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1962, Vol. 4(6): 285

Deceased

Huia Gilpin was a Grounds Superintendent for the North Canterbury Hospital Board and then a former Director of Parks and Reserves, Christchurch . He was also a long time examiner for NDH, and a member of the Parks Institute National Executive.

Mr J. G. C. Mackenzie

AHRIH (1948*/1962)

Wellington

 

  • New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

  • New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1962, Vol. 4(6): 285-286

Deceased

J. G. C. Mackenzie was a Wellington City Parks supervisor from 1918–1947 and largely responsible for planting the town belts during the depression. His two sons Dugald and Jack went on to play similar roles in Palmerston North and Hastings respectively. His award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution. See:

Mr Roy L. Thornton

AHRIH (1962)

Auckland

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1962, Vol. 4(6): 286

Deceased 1967-1974

Roy Thornton. When I first knew him he was chauffeur-gardener to a lady in Auckland - I forget her name. He was the propagator at Hays [nursery], excellent with green cuttings of dahlias, then with NZ Railways. He planted the natives around Auckland Station but did not develop the formal gardens in front. Garden expert over 1YA (radio) for many years. With his second wife he did good work in building up the Auckland Horticultural Council and of course Mt Smart was his brainchild. (From notes written by the late Jim Hunter).

Mt Smart was the volcanic cone largely excavated to make an athletics arena, since converted to a large stadium, home of the Warriors (league team) and the 'Big Day Out' - an annual rock/pop music event. Roy Thornton persuaded the Council of the time to plant the remaining outer slope of the cone with natives so there is a small forest there now.

Mr Archie White

AHRIH (1962)

Lower Hutt

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1962, Vol. 4(6): 286-287

Deceased

Archie White was a former Superintendent of Parks, Lower Hutt and an examiner for the National Diploma in Horticulture for the RNZIH. He was very active in the Parks Institute, and preceded Graham Bradbourne.

Mr John William Goodwin

AHRIH (1961)

New Plymouth

8-Jul-1946

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1961, Vol. 4(2): 76-77

13 Feb 1912 - 8 Nov 2005

John Goodwin obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2006, Vol. 9(1): 22-24.

Mr James (Jim) A. S. Hunter

AHRIH (1961)

Morrinsville/Auckland

1-02-1933

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1961, Vol. 4(2): 77-78

Aug 1901 - 2002

Jim Hunter was born in Scotland and studied at the West Scotland Agricultural College.  He came to New Zealand in 1925 and worked in a variety of horticultural enterprises including the leading nursery firm of D.H. Hay. He qualified for the New Zealand National Diploma in Horticulture (NDH) in 1933. After serving with the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II he joined Plant Diseases Division, DSIR, at Mt Albert, where he spent the rest of his professional career, eventually becoming Head of the Horticulture and Plant Quarantine.

At Mt Albert, he worked for many years with Ted Chamberlain and Torchy Atkinson identifying the virus diseases of fruit trees, especially apples. He was thus an important part of the team that freed many of our most important apple cultivars of virus, a major contribution to the pipfruit industry of New Zealand. Mr Hunter’s skills as a propagator were also in demand when material of the newly discovered species from the Three Kings Islands was brought back to the mainland by Professor G.T.S. Baylis. A notable achievement was his propagation of Tecomanthe speciosa and he published accounts of the first recorded flowering and fruiting of this species, now recognised as one of the most ornamental of our native plants.

Mr Hunter was very active in horticultural societies and had been a member of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture since 1928. He served on the Auckland District Council and also on the Dominion Council. He was also associated with the Auckland Horticultural Council and various rose societies. He was elected an Associate of Honour of the RNZIH in 1961. He was also one of the members of the DSIR staff who were active in promoting the establishment of the Botanic Gardens in Auckland.

Mt Hunter had a strong interest in the ornamental possibilities of New Zealand native plants and in 1955, when he was attending the 14th International Horticultural Conference, he proposed that New Zealand become the International Registration Authority for the genera Hebe and Leptospermum. It is therefore particularly pleasing that he saw the publication of the checklist of Hebe cultivars. This was a mammoth task, sponsored by the RNZIH. (From Auckland Newsletter).

Mr John Houston

AHRIH (1960)

Hawera

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1960, Vol. 3(6): 270

1891 - 20 June 1962

John Houston - Obituary: Taranaki Herald, 20 June 1962, p. 3:

DEATH OF HAWERA LAWYER

A Hawera lawyer, Mr John Houston OBE, LLB, a former dominion president of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and. one who has won recognition for his wide knowledge and interest in the Maori race, died in the New Plymouth Hospital today. He was 70.

Born in Dunedin in 1891, he was educated at Albany Street School, Otago Boys' High School and Otago University, from where he graduated at the age of 19.

For many years Mr Houston showed a keen and deep interest in horticulture, especially in regard to the home gardeners of New Zealand, and in 1955 was elected Dominion president of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. The South Taranaki District Council was formed in November, 1948, and for the first 10 years, Mr Houston was local president, exhibiting his administrative ability in guiding the new council. He was a member of the Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust board of management, and in 1954 was elected president of the Taranaki Floral Festival.

In 1952, under Mr Houston's chairmanship all the horticultural societies of Taranaki combined in promoting a national horticultural show which was an unqualified success, due in no small measure to Mr Houston's leadership. It was this show which led to the Taranaki Floral Festival.

Mr Houston also played an active part in several organisations associated with the Maori race and the preservation of the country's flora and fauna. Through the Archaeological Society of New Zealand, the National Historic Places Trust and the New Zealand Forest and Bird Protection Society, Mr Houston has won recognition for his wide knowledge and interest. He was the author of several articles and had much. to do with the restoration of the ancient walled pa of Turuturu Mokai, near Hawera.

During World War I, Mr Houston served in the Medical Corps as a Quarter-master Sergeant and during World War II commanded the Hawera Home Guard as major, later transferring to the New Zealand temporary staff in Central Military District.

At the time of his death Mr Houston was a member of the South Taranaki branch of the RSA and the Gallipoli Association. He was president of the RSA between 1946 and 1948.

Mr Dougald C. Mackenzie

AHRIH (1960)

Palmerston North

 

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1960, Vol. 3(6): 270

Deceased mid-1960s

Dougald Mackenzie was a Superintendent of Parks for Palmerston North City and possibly an examiner for NDH. There was a NDH Prize named in his honour.

Mr Roderick (Rod) Syme

AHRIH (1960)

Hawera

9-Dec-1947

New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1960, Vol. 3(6): 270

24 Feb 1900 - 2 May 1994

Rod Syme MBE was a long time member of the RNZIH and active in mountaineering and conservation. See http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/

Mrs E. Gower

AHRIH (pre-1960)

Whanganui

 

 

Deceased

E. Gower obituary: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1960, Vol. 3(8): 368.

Mr Maurice R. Skipworth AHRIH (1959) Dunedin (formerly Wanaka)
10-Mar-1947
  Deceased

Maurice Skipworth was a breeder of rhododendrons and Superintendent of Parks of Dunedin City Council, succeeding David Tannock.

Mr A. M. W. Greig

AHRIH (1958)

Wellington/Tauranga

 

 

Deceased

A. M. W. Greig was Director General of Horticulture in the Department of Agriculture in the 1950s. He spent a lot of his life in Auckland but resided in Wellington when head of department. On retirement went to live in Christchurch where he died.

Mr Hubert M. Hammond

AHRIH (1957)

Hamilton

 

New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1957, Vol. 2(3): 131

Deceased

Mr Joe Passmore

AHRIH (1957)

Dunedin

 

New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1957, Vol. 2(3): 131

Deceased

Joe Passmore was a woodwork teacher and instructor with the Otago Education Board, and a cabinet maker and marketer by trade. He was a keen gardener and had a long association with the Otago District Council. In 1947 he began regular home gardening broadcasts with 4YA radio and continued for this for 13 years. Obituary: Bulletin 31, p.2, 1984

Mr A. W. Anderson

AHRIH (1956)

Timaru

 

New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1956, Vol. 1(2): 23-24

Deceased

A. W. Anderson was for many years a Superintendent of Parks for Timaru. He secured the first plant of Metasequoia for New Zealand.

Dr John S. Yeates

AHRIH (1956)

Timaru/Palmerston North

 

New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1956, Vol. 1(2): 24

Deceased 1986

John Yeates - see Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1978, Vol. 6: 78–79.

Mr Alfred W. Green

AHRIH (1955)

Hamilton

 

New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1956, Vol. 1(2): 22

Deceased c.1983

Alfred Green had a nursery in Insoll Ave, Hamilton, and was responsible for establishing the Cactus House at Hamilton Gardens.

Mr Cecil M. Smith

AHRIH (1955)

Christchurch

 

New Zealand Plant & Garden, 1956, Vol. 1(2): 22-23

Deceased

Cecil Smith was a former director of Botany Division DSIR.

Mr Michael Christian Gudex

AHRIH (pre-1955)

Hamilton

 

 

Deceased 1964

Michael Gudex - the Gudex Memorial Park in Cambridge is named after him. In 1963 the Crown bought 3 ha of open park land near the summit of Sanatorium Hill. A stone obelisk was erected in memory of Michael Christian Gudex MBE, MA, MSc (1887-1964) commemorating his contribution to horticulture and the preservation of New Zealand’s natural resources. The small kauri grove in the park was planted by Mr Gudex in 1960.

Sir Robert Lachlan Macalister

AHRIH (pre-1955)

Wellington

 

 

Deceased

Robert Macalister was Mayor of Wellington (1950-1956).

Mr L. W. McCaskill AHRIH (1954) Christchurch     Deceased

Mr Charles W. Corner

AHRIH (1953)

Napier

 

 

Deceased c.1971

Charles Corner obituary: New Zealand Plants & Garden, 1971, Vol. 2(5): 229.

Mr James Anderson McPherson

AHRIH (1953)

Auckland

 

 

3 June 1900 - 8 Feb 1980

James McPherson was a former Curator of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens (1933-1945), and then Superintendent of Parks at Auckland City Council. See:

  • Obituary: Bulletin 16, p.16, 1980

  • Bulletin 23, p.12, 1982

  • Alan Joliffe, ‘The Daffodils of Hagley Park’, Bulletin 29,  p.5, 1983

  • http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/

Mr Edgar Taylor

AHRIH (1953)

Christchurch

 

 

10 Oct 1886 - 22 July 1979

Edgar Taylor was formerly of Buxton's Nursery and later a Landscape Architect for the Christchurch City Parks and Reserves Dept. See:

Mr V. C. Davies, OBE AHRIH (1952) New Plymouth     Deceased

Mr W. J. Humm

AHRIH (1951) Christchurch     Deceased 1967-1974

Mr John P. Hudson AHRIH (1949) Loughborough, England
4-Jun-1947
  Deceased 6 Dec 2007

John Hudson obituary: New Zealand Garden Journal, 2008, Vol. 11(2): 18-24.

Mr George Sutherland Nicoll

AHRIH (1948)

Lower Hutt

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 525

Deceased 19 Sept 1950

George Nicoll - Obituary as supplied by grandaughter, Carole Seymour (nee Howie), and probably written by her father, John Kenward Howie, for a newspaper:

Wellington’s best-known and oldest amateur horticulturist, Mr. G. S. Nicoll, died suddenly yesterday, aged 74 years.

Ever since he came to live in Wellington soon after the turn of the present century, Mr. Nicoll had been actively interested in flower-growing and through the years he took an active part in the administrative side of horticulture.

Mr. Nicoll’s father landed in Dunedin in 1861 with five shillings in his pocket. Mr. Nicoll was born at Blue Spur, originally Gabriel’s Gully, in the neighbourhood of which at that time there were some 25,000 miners searching for gold. A neighbour of the Nicoll family was Mr. J. J. Woods, clerk of the Tuapeka County Council, who wrote the music of “God Defend New Zealand”.

After leaving Lawrence District High School and Otago Boys’ High School the late Mr. Nicoll joined the staff of the Government Life Insurance Department at Dunedin, and he served with that department subsequently at Oamaru, Whanganui and Wellington. Later in his career he transferred to the National Provident and Friendly Societies Department, of which he was chief clerk when he retired in 1932.

Mr. Nicoll was one of the earliest residents of Karori. He made his home in Joll Street at a time when there were only 500 people living in what is now Wellington’s biggest suburb.

Although as a young man Mr. Nicoll was interested in Rugby football, cricket, cycling, and in fact most forms of sport, all his spare time in his later years was devoted to gardening. He was the first secretary of the Karori Horticultural Society, of which he later became president. He was president of the Northland Horticultural Society, secretary of the Wellington Horticultural Society and secretary of the Institute of Horticulture. At the time of his death he was a committee member of the Institute and a life member of the Wellington Horticultural Society.

In 1908 Mr. Nicoll married Miss Alice May Sinnet, of Wellington. Mrs. Nicoll died in 1946. There are two daughters, Mrs. Alison Howie, of Petone, and Mrs. Maire Compton, of Lyall Bay, and one son, Mr. Frank Nicoll, of Khandallah.

The late Mr. Nicoll will be remembered by a wide circle of friends, not only in Wellington, but throughout New Zealand.

Mr George Edward Knowles

AHRIH (1948)

Timaru

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

14 Jan 1879 - 19 Dec 1965

Mr Hayward Reginald Wright

AHRIH (1948)

Tauranga

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 525-526

1873-1959

Hayward Wright - see Annual Journal (Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture), 1983, Vol. 11: 36–56. also a shorter note: Ferguson, A.R. 1990: The Luther Burbank of New Zealand. New Zealand Kiwifruit 65: 16.

Bernard Cracroft Aston

AHRIH (1948*)

Wellington

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

9 Aug 1871 - 31 May 1951

Bernard Aston - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution. See:

Henry Bennett

AHRIH (1948*)

Dunedin

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

Deceased

Henry Bennett - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution. Uncertain if this is Henry Bennett senior or junior. See:

Peter Black

AHRIH (1948*)

New Plymouth

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

Deceased 19 July 1950

Peter Black - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution. See:

Prof Harry Borrer Kirk

AHRIH (1948*)

Wellington

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

9 March 1859 - 15 July 1948

Harry Kirk - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution. See:

Alfred Hyde Cockayne

AHRIH (1948*)

Wellington

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

23 May 1880 - 21 Oct 1966

Alfred Cockayne - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution. See:

Sir R. Heaton Rhodes

AHRIH (1948*)

Canterbury

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

27 Feb 1861 – 30 July 1956

Sir Rhodes - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution. See:

Mr William Henry Rice AHRIH (1948) Auckland   New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526 Deceased 1967-1974

Mr A. H. Shrubshall AHRIH (1948*) Christchurch   New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526 Deceased 1967-1974

A. H. Shrubshall - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution. See:

  • S. Challenger, Spring 1979: Pioneer Nurserymen of Canterbury, New Zealand (1850-65). Garden History, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 25-64 (http://www.jstor.org/pss/1586716)

Mr David Tannock

AHRIH (1948*)

Dunedin

 

New Zealand Gardener, 1948, Vol. 4: 526

23 Sept 1873 - 3 June 1952

David Tannock - award was transferred from an Honorary Fellowship following changes to the RNZIH constitution. See:

 

 

 

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