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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 1 (April 1, 1937)

Famous New Zealanders

page 49

Famous New Zealanders.

(Continued from page 11 )

ayne's book “New Zealand Plants and Their Story.” An eminent Continental ecologist, well acquainted with the philosophic importance of Dr. Cockayne's labours, had said: “It is wonderful how Cockayne has interested the population of a new country in botany.”

Referring to this and other great books, Sir Arthur Hill writes that, “there was a strain of poetry in his nature which can be appreciated in his ‘New Zealand Plants and Their Story,’ and it was the poetry in him which lent wings to his imagination and gave depths to his insight.”

As to the depredations of acclimatised animals, Cockayne often sighed for the power to act on the advice Goebel gave him, “to get the fools hanged” before they could introduce such animals as wild goats which would cut up not only the alpine flora but even the forests, as they had in Greece. Alas! the mischief has already been done in many parts of the alpine and bush regions, and the fools have not been hanged. The country is paying for their folly and ignorance.