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John Cripps

Pink Lady and Sundowner-Joya apple creator passes away at 95

Western Australia’s John Cripps, the well-known breeder of the Pink Lady apple has died at the age 95. The British-Australian horticulturalist carried out his research in WA's Department of Agriculture.

Cripps' name also adorns another of his cultivars, the Cripps Red — a late-season variety of the Pink Lady marketed as the Sundowner and Joya. He was formally recognized in 2010 when inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia for his influence on Australia's apple industry.

Cripps was also named an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2015 for his "distinguished service to primary industry through internationally renowned, innovative contributions to the agriculture and food sectors, and to the community."

John Cripp's daughter, Helen Cripps, said the family was proud of his contribution to horticulture in Australia. "We are so proud that he's left a legacy," Dr Cripps said. "It took 25 years of research to develop the apple genetics of the Pink Lady to the point it's at today."


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