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WHANGAREI, this day,

The death has occurred of Mr. Lionel Hanlon, aged 87, one of the best known authorities on fruitgrowing. Born near Belfast, he came to New Zealand in 1881 and acquired a farm at Tikipunga where he made the growing of fruit his principal interest, later establishing two large citrus orchards in Whangarei. ,

Mr. Hanlon was appointed first orchard instructor and inspector in New Zealand, resigning after a year in order to concentrate upon his own interests. In 1900 he represented New "Zealand at the^lnternational Fruit Exhibition in France, showing there plums which arrived in perfect condition and which were believed to be the first stone fruit ever shipped from New Zealand to Europe. Returning via America he undertook on behalf of the Government considerable citrus culture research work in the United States. He also visited Luther Burbank and obtained from Californian nurseries several varieties of fruit trees, which he introduced to New Zealand.

For 29 years ending 1942 Mr. Hanlon was official meteorological observer for Whangarei. For over 40 season without a break he fished trout in the waters of Taupo. He was one of the first to appreciate the possibilities of deep-sea fishing in New Zealand, and, with an extra powerful reel used for kingfish, landed several of the first swordfish ever caught by an angler off Cape Brett. ' Mr. Hanlon is survived by his wife and four children of an earlier marriage.

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ORCHARDIST'S DEATH, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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ORCHARDIST'S DEATH Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

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