HB sportsman, Mr Dudley Newbigin, dies
A Hastings businessman and sportsman, Mr Dudley Harmood Newbigin, died on Wednesday. He was 62.
A son of Mr. Edward Newbigin, one of the founders of the Burton Brewery, Mr Newbigin took over the family business after his father’s death in 1931.
When the brewery was sold to the Leopard Brewery seven years ago, Mr Newbigin started business as a wine and spirit merchant on his own account.
A leading amateur boxer of his day, Mr Newbigin won several trophies in the ring and later took a leading part administering the sport. He was a past president of the New Zealand Boxing Association and a vice-president and life member of the Hawke’s Bay Boxing Association.
His sporting interests included shooting, golf, polo and flying and he was a foundation member of the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Aero Club and one of the club’s ﬁrst qualiﬁed pilots.
He was an executive member of the club and in 1929-30 won the ﬁrst triangular course race run from Mangere, Auckland, in a Tiger Moth. He was awarded the New Zealand Cup for this feat the ﬁrst time the cup was open for competition.
He is survived by his wife and three children, James, (Hastings,) Elizabeth (Mrs M. J. Greenslade, Wellington), and Virginia (Mrs D. White [Wall], Masterton)