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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2020) 65(3): 40–41
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Obituary
Anthony Erskine Beveridge - MSc (NZ), BA (Oxon), BA (Auck), HonMNZIF, HonMCFA - 17 July 1925 – 27 July 2020

Mark Smale 1 and Greg Steward 2

1 Landcare Research
2 Scion

With the passing of Anthony Erskine (Tony) Beveridge on 27 July 2020, another leading light of the Forest Research Institute of yesteryear has departed. His long career in native forest research was overshadowed by changing national attitudes to, and policies for, native forests and their role in timber production and nature conservation. Family history and education Tony was born in 1925 in Hamilton, in those days a large country town with mostly gravel streets and an early generation of automobiles, a far cry from today’s busy metropolis. His father’s family came from the ancient Scottish capital and abbey town of Dunfermline, across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh. Earlier generations there were bakers and town councillors. A first cousin once removed, William Beveridge, later Baron Beveridge of Tuggal, wrote in his book about his parents that ‘the spreading of these children and their children outwards from the British Empire and upwards from small trades into professions and large business is typical of the nineteenth century efflorescence (flowering) of the British people.’
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