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Mr Colin Macrae, Second President of the Beaumaris Tree Preservation Society


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Mr Colin Cospatrick Farquhar Macrae was the second President of the Beaumaris Tree Preservation Society, which began at its Inaugural General Meeting on 28 January 1953. It changed its name to the Beaumaris Conservation Society in 1970.

Colin Macrae was a trustee of the Gramatan Avenue Heathland Sanctuary, which the former Sandringham City Council leased to the Beaumaris Tree Preservation Society, for the thirty years from 1960 to 1990.

The important fossils at the Beaumaris Bay Fossil Site were a major interest of Colin’s. Fossils he has found are now in the collection of Museum Victoria. His discovery of fossil remains of a significant extinct penguin there led to that being reported in a 1970 paper by a Harvard University palaeontologist, and the species being named after him as Pseudaptenodytes macrei.

Colin was made an Honorary Life Member of Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. at the 1988 Annual General Meeting.

Colin was born in Elsternwick, Victoria, on 05 May 1911, and died on 17 October 1994. He married Miss Joan McIntosh in 1940. Colin and Joan bought the land at 2 Point Avenue, Beaumaris, in 1945, from the neighbours there they knew well, Major Harry Shaw and his wife, who owned the adjoining property known as ‘The Point‘. The Macraes built their house on their land in 1949. Colin was survived by his widow, Mrs Joan Macrae, and their son and daughter.

Colin was a mechanical engineer. His father, Captain Norman Farquhar Macrae, was killed in action at Pozieres in the First World War, and is buried at Villers-Bretonneux, France. Before the Second World War, Colin served in the Army Reserve in the Victorian Scottish Regiment, a kilted regiment. During the Second World War, he served in that Regiment in Darwin, and in Ambon, which was then a part of the Dutch East Indies, and is now a part of Indonesia. At the end of his service, he had become a Warrant Officer.

Mrs Joan Macrae represented Colin’s significant place in the Society’s annals at its 60th Anniversary Celebration, at the Beaumaris Community Centre, 96 Reserve Road, Beaumaris, on Sunday, 19 May 2013. Joan died on 18 September 2017 at the age of 99.


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