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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2011) 56(3): 31–32
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

A Quietly Spoken but Fastidious Boss - R.G.(Bob) Lawn 1921-2011

Ivan A. Frost

On Saturday 27 August Bob Lawn died peacefully at Ziman House Reefton Hospital at the grand old age of 91 years. He was one of that now dwindling band of N.Z. Forest Service field officers who formed the backbone of the Service during the forty years between the end of World War II and its demise in the mid 80ís. Bobís forestry career began in 1939 when he joined the Forest Service as a Junior Labourer on eight shillings (80c) per day and spent the next three years on timber cruising and general forestry work. In late 1939 when many of the older employees were drafted into the Army Forestry Companies, those younger members left had to assume responsibilities that would not normally have been the case.
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