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Harold Gordon Darling (1885–1950)

Mr. Harold G. Darling, chairman of the Broken Hill Pty. Co. Ltd., died at his home in Orrong-road, Toorak, on Wednesday night. He was 65.

A son of the late John Darling, jun., M.H.A, Adelaide, Mr. Darling was born in Adelaide in 1885, and was educated at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide. He entered the business of John Darling and Son, grain merchants, in 1903, and succeeded to the management on the death of his father In 1914.

Mr. Darling Joined the board of directors of B.H.P. in 1914 on the death of his father. In 1923 he was appointed chairman of the board of directors, and had held that position ever since.

Mr. Darling was a member of the advisory board to the Australian Wheat Board from 1914 to 1918; a member of a committee appointed by the South Australian Government in 1927 to advise on State finances; and in January, 1942, was appointed member of the Aircraft Advisory Committee.

Mr. Darling held the positions of chairman of the following companies Australian Iron and Steel Ltd.; Wellington Alluvials Ltd.; Stewarts and Lloyds (Aust.) Pty. Ltd.; Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty. Ltd.; Rylands Bros. (Aust.) Pty. Ltd.; B.H.P. By-Products Pty. Ltd.; and Tube Makers of Australia Pty. Ltd.

He was deputy chairman of British Tube Mills (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., and held directorships of B.H.P. Collieries Pty. Ltd., the National Bank of Australasia Pty. Ltd., and I.C.I.A.N.Z.

He is survived by Mrs. Darling; a son, Mr. John Dar ling, and two daughters, Mrs. R. Law Smith, Coleraine (V.), and Mrs. John Baillleu, Melbourne. The funeral will be a private one.

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'Darling, Harold Gordon (1885–1950)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

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9 June, 1885
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


26 January, 1950 (aged 64)
Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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