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Biographical entry Beattie, William Anderson (1902 - 1980)

4 July 1902
Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand
14 July 1980
Ringwood, Victoria, Australia
agricultural consultant


William Beattie attended Auckland University College and moved on to Trinity Hall in Cambridge gaining a first-class pass in law exams in 1925. He practised as a barrister and solicitor before becoming a farmer at Tangiteroria in the mid-1930s. He campaigned to improve the pork industry and became a member of the National Pig Industry. He served in the Australian Imperial Force from 1941-1945. Beattie was employed as senior research officer by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and was tasked to undertake a survey of the Australian beef cattle industry. He developed measures to improve the quality of beef in the market through better breeding and pastures which he raised in the press and with Federal parliament in 1952. From 1955-1958 he worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on food production in South America. He held directorships in various companies and established his own stock and farm management consultancy in Melbourne. He was also Victorian president of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from 1964-1968 and was part of the council of the Institute of Public Affairs from 1964-1977.

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