NATURAL science has sustained a heavy loss in the death of Captain F. W. Hutton, curator of the Canterbury Museum, president of the New Zealand Institute, and formerly professor of biology and geology in Canterbury College, University of New Zealand. The second son of the Rev. H. F. Hutton, Rector of Spridlington, in Lincolnshire, Frederick Wollaston Hutton was born at Gate Barton in that county on November 16, 1836. He was educated at the grammar school at Southwell, and afterwards at the Naval Academy at Gosport. After serving for three years in the India mercantile marine he entered the Army, becoming ensign in the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1855. He served in the Crimea (1855–6), and saw further active service during the Indian Mutiny, being present at the capture and relief of Lucknow. He was made lieutenant in 1857.