Sir David Ernest HUTCHINS 
- Born: 22 Sep 1850, Shoreditch LND
- Christened: 26 Oct 1850, Christ Church Streatham Hill LND
- Marriage: Violet Beatrice WALKER  on 15 Jan 1891 in St Mary Bathwick SOM
- Died: 11 Nov 1920, Karori Wellington NZ aged 70
- Buried: Karori Cemetery Wellington
David Ernest Hutchins
Registration Year: 1850
Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration district: Shoreditch
David Ernest Hutchins
Record Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 26 Oct 1850
Baptism Place: Streatham Hill Christ Church, Lambeth, England
Father: David Hutchins
Mother: Sarah Hutchins
Register Type: Parish Registers
HUTCHINS-WALKER-On January 15, at St. Mary, Bathwick, Bath, by the Rev.Arthur Hutchins, assisted by the Rev. G. Tugwell, Violet Beatrice, youngest daughter of F. J. Walker, of The Priory, Bathwick, Bath, to David Ernest Hutchins, of Knysna, Cape Colony.
David Ernest Hutchins
Birth Year: abt 1851
Marriage or Bann Date: 15 Jan 1891
Marriage Place: Bathwick St Mary, Somerset, England
Parish as it Appears: Bathwick
Father: David Hutchins gentleman.
Spouse: Violet Beatrice Walker
David Ernest Hutchins
Registration Year: 1891
Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
Registration district: Bathwick Somerset
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David Ernest Hutchins
Violet Beatrice Walker
Sir David Ernest Hutchins FRGS 22 September 1850 - 11 November 1920
Hutchins was a British forestry expert who worked around the British Empire .
Educated at Blundell's School and the École nationale des eaux et forêts (National School of Water Resources and Forestry) at Nancy , France . He then joined the Imperial Forestry Service in India , in which he served for ten years, then served for another 23 years in the South African Forest Service , where he recommended that a Forest Service be started in the Transvaal and that certain Mexican pine species, such as Pinus patula , be cultivated. He finally served three years in the British East Africa Forest Service , from which he retired as Chief Conservator of Forests . In 1908 and 1909, he explored the forests around Mount Kenya .
After his retirement, he reported on the forests of Cyprus in 1909 for the Colonial Office , toured the forests of Australia in 1914-1915 for the government of Western Australia , and in 1916 toured the forests of New Zealand to compile a report for the Dominion government. He was knighted in the 1920 New Year Honours.
Brachylaena hutchinsii , a species of African tree in the Asteraceae family, was named after him.
SIR D. E. HUTCHINS.
The death is announced by Reuter's Agency as having occurred in New Zealand of Sir David Ernest Hutchins, of Cobham, Kent, an authority on forestry, whose experience was gained in almost every quarter of the Empire. Born in 1850. Sir David Hutchins was educated at Blundell's and the School of Forests at Nancy. For 10 years he served in the Indian Forest Service, and afterwards for 23 years in that of South Africa, and for three in that of British East Africa, where he was Chief Conservator of Forests at the time of his retirement. He had made a special study of the extra-tropical forests of South Africa, and in 1908 and 1909 explored the forests round Mount Kenya. In the latter year he also visited Cyprus, and reported to the Colonial Office on its forestry. In 1914-15. he made a tour through the New Zealand forests for the Government of the Dominion. He was the author of many official reports and other works on forestry, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the British Association and the Authors Club. His knighthood was included in the last New Year Honours list. He married a daughter of Mr. Frederic J. Walker, of The Priory, Bathwick, Bath.
Sir David E. Hutchins
Birth Date: abt 1850
Death Age: 70
Death Date: 11 Nov 1920
Death Place: Karori, Wellington
Burial Place: Wellington, New Zealand
Hutchins Sir David Ernest of Medo House Cobham Kent Knight died 11 November 1920 at Khandalla Wellington New Zealand Administration (with will) (limited) London 27 February 1923 to Alexander Frost Douglas solicitor the attorney of May Donowa.
Effects £1346 16s 10d
National Probate Calendar.
Sir David Ernest Hutchins, 1850 -1920.
The late Sir David E. Hutchins, born on the 22nd September, 1850, was educated at the well-known Blundell's School, Tiverton, England, and after leaving went, when twenty years old, to the famous École Nationale des Eaux et Forêts at Nancy, France, where he gained his diploma in forestry. From Nancy he went to India as Deputy Conservator in Mysore, and spent some ten years in the Indian Forest Service. Here he showed his wide views of forestry in two papers which he wrote on Australian trees in the Nilgiris and on the coastal planting of Casuarina. These papers are still standard works on their subjects. From India he was transferred in 1882 to Cape Colony, where, after some years passed in charge of the Knysna forests, he succeeded Count Vasselot de Regné as Chief Conservator of Forests, and remained until 1905. Sir David's work as a forester in South Africa has received the highest praise from such well-known authorities as Sir W. Schlich, the late Professor Fisher, M. Pardé, H. R. McMillan, and others. Under his regime in South Africa not only was scientific management applied to the remaining indigenous forests, but extensive plantations were made of eucalypts and other exotics, which are now yielding an annual revenue of about £20,000. On his retiring from the South African Forestry Department Sir David was later employed by the British Government to report on the forests of British East Africa, where he succeeded in demarcating reserves, and, among other things, in establishing economic plantations of the Chinese coffin-wood tree (Persea nanmu). He was appointed Chief Conservator of Forests for this territory, and after three years service there he retired from regular Government employment. At various times in his career he was called upon to visit different countries and report on forestry problems. In 1907 he was employed by the Colonial Office to report on the value of the Kenia forests, and in 1909 to inspect the forests of Cyprus. In addition to his experience in India, South and East Africa, Sir David during several visits had gained an intimate knowledge of the forests of Algeria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France, and Germany. Sir David came out to Australia in 1914 with the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and remained there to study forestry in that land. Whilst in Australia he wrote a valuable book on Australian forestry, A Discussion of Australian Forestry, with Special Reference to the Forests of Western Australia (1914'9615), and by his persistent advocacy stirred up such an interest in the matter that in all the various States of the Commonwealth Forestry Departments are now firmly established. In 1916, on the invitation of the Government, Sir David Hutchins came to New Zealand to report on forestry in this Dominion, and it was mainly on his advice that it was decided to establish forestry as a separate and independent State Department here. He was also the original promoter of the New Zealand Forestry League, as he recognized that some such body is essential to sustain the interest of the public in a matter which, unfortunately, is liable to be thought to concern our successors more than ourselves. Whilst in New Zealand Sir David devoted the whole of his time to the study of forestry in this country, and when not in the field inspecting native forests and plantations he was writing on those matters. Before his death the Government had published his Report on the Waipoua Kauri Forest (1918), and Part I of Forestry in New Zealand (1919), and up till the time that he passed away he was engaged in writing Part II of this latter work. For forestry in the British Empire probably no one has done such service as Sir David Hutchins, and it was for this that he in 1920 received the honour of knighthood, which, in connection with forestry, had previously been conferred only on three official heads of the great Indian Forest Service. His published works were numerous, including, besides those mentioned above, Report on Transvaal Forestry, 1903; Report on Rhodesia Forestry, 1904; Extra-tropical Forestry, 1906; Forests of Mount Keria, 1907; Report on Forests of British East Africa, 1909; Cyprus Forestry 1909; and others. He died at his residence, Khandallah, on the 11th November, 1920.
E. Phillips Turner.
Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand
1 Jan 1921 Page 15.
A Footnote to this man's life is his effect on the small nation of NZ where he died, sadly too young aet. 70.
Sir David Ernest Hutchins work, with the support of a senior NZ politician Francis Bell led to the formation of the NZ State Forest Service and the Forests Act of 1921.
In the 1920's and during the 1930's depression, the NZ Govt put 1000's of the unemployed and prisoners to work planting trees. Particularly in the central Nth Island where a cobalt deficiency in the volcanic soils precluded rearing livestock.
The biggest forest was Kaingaroa which at its peak was the largest planted exotic forest in the world, over 3000 sq km
It is almost certain David Hutchins can be thanked for that inspiration and for the predominant variety chosen, pinus radiata, which he recommended. His legacy almost 100yrs later, a $5b industry (2018) on near useless land.
E L Fenn
1. Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Lambeth Brixton SRY. David is recorded as a son aged 6 mths born MDX LND
David married Violet Beatrice WALKER  [MRIN: 5028] on 15 Jan 1891 in St Mary Bathwick SOM. (Violet Beatrice WALKER  was born circa 1868.)