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Norman William Jolly (1882–1954)

Australia lost her first professional forester with the passing of Mr. N.W. [Norman William] Jolly in Adelaide last year.

Mr. Jolly was born in 1882 and was educated at Prince Alfred College and the University of Adelaide. Selected in 1904 as South Australia’s first Rhodes Scholar, he went to Oxford and took his Diploma of Forestry under the late Sir William Schlich.

His first forestry job was in Burma in 1907 but be returned to Australia in 1908.

In 1910 he was appointed as Director of Forests in Queensland and in 1918 became one of the Forestry Commissioners in New South Wales. He opened the Adelaide School of Forestry and was the first and only Professor of Forestry Australia has had.

He was recalled to New South Wales in 1927, as sole Forestry Commissioner. Then followed a term of consulting work for the New Zealand Government in connection with pine plantations.

At the time of his death he was consultant in Forestry to the South Australian Government and a member of the Forestry Board of that State. It can in all truth be said that N.W. Jolly lived and died for forestry. He was one of the two honorary members of the Institute.

His influence in Australian Forestry will persist long after those who knew him have passed on.

He played such a vigorous part in introducing sound forestry to Australia that it is felt his name should be perpetuated in Australian forestry and the Australian Timber Trade. A Memorial Fund has been opened for the purpose of providing for an annual award for work in forestry.

(Our latest advice is that this Fund now totals a little over £400. Eds.)

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