Vale Dr Pieter Bleeker – best known for ‘Soils of Papua New Guinea’

March 8th, 2021

Pieter Bleeker (1938 – 2021)

Pieter was a soil scientist, recruited from the Netherlands in 1965 to join the Land Research survey teams. Pieter ended up in the PNG team under the leadership of John MacAlpine and contributed to the development of the Papua New Guinea Resource Inventory System (PNGRIS) which is used to this day in PNG. In 1988, the PNG team was transferred to Tropical Crops and Pastures in Brisbane so many Canberra connections were broken. Pieter retired from CSIRO in 1993 and devoted much of his time to converting an old dairy property in northern NSW into a glorious rainforest.

Please join us in a celebration of Pieter’s life at the Melaleuca Station Crematorium Chapel, 9394 Tweed Valley Way, Chinderah at 11:30am on Wednesday 10 March 2021. A wake will be held following the service at Riverview Hotel, 267 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah, 2484 between 1:00pm – 6:00pm. For those arriving from interstate, Coolangatta Airport is approximately a 15-min drive from the crematorium.
Live streaming is available if you are unable to make the service in person. For access to the online event, please contact Susan Cuddy, Team Leader (Water Security, CSIRO Land and Water)

Marijke, Anne Marieke, Wouter and Elke