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Mitchell, James Swan (1898–1939)

from Australian Forestry

James Swan Hamilton Mitchell, born at Bowral, N.S.W., on the 20th March, 1898, was accidentally drowned while surfing at Coff’s Harbour, N.S.W., on 18th March, 1939. Assiduous in his work, kind-hearted and unfailingly courteous and obliging, he enjoyed a wide and extensive popularity.

He enrolled at the Narara Forestry School in N.S.W. as one of its original students in 1920, and after the satisfactory completion of the course was appointed to the Forestry Commission of that State and was stationed at Narrabri. In 1927 he entered the Australian Forestry School at Canberra and was later awarded the Commonwealth Diploma of Forestry. On resuming his duties as a practising forester, he was engaged for some time on soil, ecological and general survey work in the Moss Vale District of the Southern Tableland, being later appointed to the Oberon sub-district, where he was associated with the management of established softwood plantations at Newnes and Lidsdale. At the time of his death he was stationed at Brooklana, on the North Coast of N.S.W.

Members of the Institute learned with great regret of the loss of this efficient and popular member, and extend an expression of deepest sympathy to his relatives.

Original publication

  • Australian Forestry, vol 4, no 1, 1939, p 47

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Citation details

'Mitchell, James Swan (1898–1939)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mitchell-james-swan-18386/text30032, accessed 25 November 2017.

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