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Henry Robin Lowry (5688), aged 85

18 Sep 2020

A talented sportsman and innovator who was born in Hawke’s Bay in 1934, Henry was the son of Ralph Lowry (2871) and the brother of Peter (6050). Henry went to Hereworth School in Havelock North, and started at College in School House in 1948.

In his second year, he was selected to play in the 1st XI and was wicketkeeper for three years. He also excelled at squash and tennis. On leaving school in 1951 he went to the Gordon Institute of Technology in Geelong to study the wool industry, and then to Bradford in England, where he worked for the wool broking firm of AC Wood and Co. Back in New Zealand, he took up farming at his property at Pukehou in Maraetotara, Hawke’s Bay. He became very interested in Antarctica and together with his great friend Tony Parker mounted two expeditions to count and tag Emperor penguins. They used gear for tailing lambs in New Zealand, first corralling the penguins to get an accurate count, and then tagging them.

An innovator in the farming industry, Henry was the first to breed Coopworth sheep in Hawke’s Bay with some success. He also started breeding crossbred Charolais cattle and then progressed to Simmental, becoming one of the pre-eminent breeders and chairman of the Simmental breed society, as well as winning the Meat and Wool Cup – which is awarded across all breeds – at the Royal Show.

After selling his farm he became involved in mercantile trading in Hawke’s Bay before moving to Western Australia to be near his sons’ families. When his wife Gill died, he moved back to Marlborough, where he was very successful promoting the sale of wine and wine bags to the industry.

He retired to Christchurch and lived happily with his great friend and partner Jill McKellar.

Henry is survived by his children, Kim, Stephanie, George, Sam and Bill.

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