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Height, Jim (?–1977)

In October, 1977, the Mount Gambier Milling Industry lost one of its pioneers when Mr. Jim Height died after a long illness. “Mr. Jim”, as so many fellows knew him, had been an Associate member of the Institute for many years. He was a keen attender at meetings in Mount Gambier and this, together with many other actions, showed his keen interest to learn as much as he could about the forestry which prefaced the logging activities he controlled.

Jim began his association with the milling industry in 1939 as a Benchman for Francis Kay in a mill which was situated virtually in the centre of Mount Gambier. He became mill Foreman in 1940, just prior to the mill, which was to become known to the Cafpirco Mill, was transferred to the Burnda area. In 1946 he succeeded Mr. Frank Harrison as Mill Manager and remained with that mill after the Kauri Timber Company purchased it in 1949.

In the mid-fifties Jim was appointed Chief Executive in the South East for the Kauri Timber Company and became associated with the late Mr. Sorby Adams when he joined the Company in 1957. Soon after this, Jim began taking a special interest in the Company’s logging operations which were expanding in the area known as the Livingston Woods.

In 1963, Softwood Holdings Limited purchased the interests of Kauri in the South East of South Australia and Jim, along with many other executives, joined the new Company. He became Logging Manager and a member of the Management Committee, positions which he retained until his death.

Jim worked in the logging side of the forestry industry, but was nevertheless acutely aware of the problems of establishing and managing the plantations of today, as these provided the logs for tomorrow.

Jim is survived by his wife, a son, and two daughters.

He was well respected by the management of Softwoods, Institute members and by the men for whom he was responsible. He will be greatly missed.

The Institute offers its deep sympathy to his wife, and family.

Original publication

  • IFA Newsletter, vol 19, no 3, September 1978, p 30

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'Height, Jim (?–1977)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/height-jim-18327/text29939, accessed 26 February 2021.

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