Creator of the world famous Pink Lady apple John Cripps dies, aged 95

Creator of the world famous Pink Lady apple John Cripps dies, aged 95

A Western Australian man known across the globe as the breeder of the Pink Lady apple, John Cripps, has died at the age 95.

He has been described by those that knew him as a quiet gentleman who was passionate and dedicated to the art of plant breeding.

The British-Australian horticulturalist carried out his research in WA’s Department of Agriculture.

John Cripps spent over two decades creating the Pink Lady apple.(Supplied: Dr Helen Cripps)

He was formally recognised 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.

Mr Cripps was 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”.

Mr 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.

A thriving legacy

Since its release in 1991, the Pink Lady variety has become internationally recognised as a success story, listed in the top 100 greatest inventions from Australia.

In 2015, the Cripps Pink accounted for more than 30 per cent of the Australian apple production.

Box of shiny red apples with logo Pink Lady and message Eating healthy, feeling good
Pink Lady apple royalties are worth tens of millions of dollars a year to the industry.(Supplied: International Pink Lady Alliance)

Prominent Manjimup producer and Newton Orchards owner Harvey Giblett said he had the pleasure of working with John Cripps over the years.

A man in a packing shed holding apples
South West producer Harvey Giblett holding his Pink Lady apples.(Supplied: Southern Forests Food Council)

“As a Pink Lady grower I’m proud that the variety was bred right here in WA.

“It’s pretty amazing, really, because he’s created a world-class apple.

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