Ernest Sutherland

Ernest George Sutherland (26 April 1894 – 8 July 1936), also known as Buz Sutherland, was a New Zealand athlete from Palmerston North. Well known in his home country, he stayed in South Africa in 1922 after touring with a New Zealand team. He competed for South Africa at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris and came fifth in the decathlon. He returned to New Zealand in 1926.[1]

Sutherland was a policeman. He had a fatal fall from his bicycle on 8 July 1936 in Palmerston North when his shoulder strap became entangled with his knee and handlebars. He went head-first over his handlebar and broke his neck.[2][3]


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ernest Sutherland". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  2. "Death of former well-known athlete". The New Zealand Herald. LXXIII (22466). 9 July 1936. p. 10. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  3. ""An extraordinary case"". The Press. LXXII (21833). 13 July 1936. p. 14. Retrieved 17 June 2017.