News – Book Launch “A Path through the Trees”

Mary Sutherland: A Path through the Trees — by Vivien Edwards

Celebration launch of ‘A Path Through the Trees: Mary Sutherland – forester, botanist and women’s advocate’ by Vivien Edwards

Why you will be interested in the story of Mary Sutherland:

  • First woman in the world to graduate with a forestry degree (Bangor, North Wales, 1916)
  • Employed as a professional forester by New Zealand State Forest Service (1923 – 1932)
  • Botanist, Dominion Museum Wellington, (1933-1946)
  • Supervisor/superintendent, YWCA hostel at Woburn (Lower Hutt) for young women employed on war work (1943-1946)
  • First farm forestry officer, NZ Department of Agriculture (1946-1954)
  • Founding member of NZ Institute of Forestry in 1927, designed official seal (forms basis of today’s logo), served on Council in 1936 and as vice-president 1941-42.  Her legacy seeded the NZIF Foundation’s Mary Sutherland Scholarship
  • Member of NZ Forestry League (elected to Council in 1936)
  • Member of Botanical section of the Wellington Branch of the Philosophical Society.
  • Member of NZ Federation of University Women (now Graduate Woman), served on Wellington branch and national committees

Professional forester, botanist and advocate for women’s access to higher education

A review of the book is available at

Copies of the biography can be purchased on-line from the publisher at  or enquire at all good independent bookshops

2021-07-09T08:29:26+12:00June 13, 2021|

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