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Hugh Maxwell MAX 2.2.1928 — 27.8.2021 Much loved husband of Barbara (dec), father of Ian, Alison, Sally and grandfather of 9. You have been a steadfast loving support for all the family and we will always miss you. A true gentleman and a fine example of kindness, love, diligence and community service. You made a great contribution to the field of soil science through almost 40 years of work at CSIRO.

We treasure the time we had with you. Always in our hearts.

Now in God's eternal care.

Published 3rd Sep to 4th Sep, 2021
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The Funeral Service for Mr Maxwell Churchward of Floreat will be held at KARRAKATTA Cemetery, Railway Road, Karrakatta at 3:00pm on THURSDAY (09.09.2021) in the Norfolk Chapel.


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  • CHURCHWARD (Maxwell):

    Soil Science Australia gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Max Churchward to the advancement of research in soil science and extends sincere sympathy to Max's family and friends. We trust you will be comforted by fond memories.


    Assoc Prof Vanessa Wong CPSS

    SSA Federal President

    Thursday, 9 September 2021 Submitted online by Vanessa Wong
  • CHURCHWARD (Maxwell):

    Precious memories of my dearest brother. His chuckle, his thoughtfulness. Dear Max, he never remembered my birthday - and when I phoned him for his, many were the apologies as we laughed together. But he never forgot Mother's birthday and the flowers (which she loved) arrived every year without fail. With much love from us all to his beautiful family at this sad time.

    Thursday, 9 September 2021 Submitted online by Constance Tout-Smith
  • CHURCHWARD (Maxwell):

    Saddened to hear that Max has left us.

    At the start of my soil mapping career in Western Australia, both Max and Bill MacArthur were very generous with their time and encouragement. I greatly appreciated this and feel so fortunate to have had the previous generation there to give me guidance and "pass on the baton". The years of effort that Max put into his surveys and reports formed a base on which so much of my own work was built on. So much so, that I have had people confuse me as the author of Max's Manjimup survey - surely a great compliment to me if a bit of a slight to Max.

    Over the years I have returned to Max's work again and again. Max was a lovely man and will be sadly missed, but his name and legacy live on.

    Thursday, 9 September 2021 Submitted online by Peter Tille
  • CHURCHWARD (Maxwell):

    Very sad news about Max - I remember his professional guidance and smart advice for doing my soil survey work in the late 90's for the Department of Agriculture - he and his expansive knowledge will be missed. Sincere regards to all his family.

    Thursday, 9 September 2021 Submitted online by Angela Stuart-street
  • CHURCHWARD (Maxwell):

    Max Churchward was a highly respected and prominent leader in soil science. He has made an enduring contribution to the understanding of pedology and geomorphology in Australia and especially here in Western Australia.

    Max is an Honorary Member of Soil Science Australia and was an active member within the WA branch.

    Max has mentored many earth scientists and his published works in pedology and soil landscape processes remain a foundation for further research.

    Soil Science Australia (WA branch) would like to express our condolences, he will be sorely missed.

    Thursday, 9 September 2021 Submitted online by Henry Smolinski
  • CHURCHWARD (Maxwell):

    Condolences to Max's family. A true gentleman, enthusiastic about Australia's natural environment. He will be long remembered for his soil and land assessment work within Western Australia and further afield. Two significant publications on my bookshelf being the Soils and Landforms of the South Coast Hinterland, Western Australia (published 1988, CSIRO) and Soils and Landforms of the Manjimup Area (1992, WA Government). I once asked Max why there were so few observation sites on the Albany / Chillinup Sandplain - and he simply said "because the Albany Sandplain was boring, and we (colleague Bill MacArthur dec) much preferred the landscapes towards Denmark - and who wouldn't with undulating hills and Scottsdale red and brown loams". An Honorary Life Member of Soil Science Australia (the peak professional association for Soil Scientists) acknowledged for his commitment and contribution to past executive roles on the Western Australian Branch of Soil Science Australia. Hugh Maxwell Churchward - Gone but not forgotten!

    Wednesday, 8 September 2021 Submitted online by Tim Overheu
  • CHURCHWARD (Maxwell):

    Remembering our very dear and special Uncle Max - kind, gentle and thoughtful. With much love from the Tout-Smith family.

    Tuesday, 7 September 2021 Submitted online by Deborah Tout-smith


    In loving memory of our wonderful, kind and caring father, father-in-law and grandad. You inspired us and will be greatly missed.

    Ian, Linda, Kara, Ella, Liana

    Tuesday, 7 September 2021 Published in The West Australian


    My deepest sympathy to the Churchward family during this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Tamara.

    Tuesday, 7 September 2021 Published in The West Australian


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