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Norgard, John Davey (1914 - )

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Mining chemist and Industrial chemist
Born: 3 February 1914
John Davey Norgard, a senior executive with BHP, arranged for Lewis Weeks, one of America's most famous geologists, to visit Australia in 1960 and report on the oil permits held by BHP. His report that oil would be found in Bass Strait led to BHP becoming associated with Esso, a project that within ten years led to the production of 60% of Australia's annual oil needs. Norgard was educated at the South Australian School of Mines and University of Adelaide (BE) and was a Chairman of the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission).

Career Highlights

1936Joined Broken Hill Proprietary Company Ltd (BHP)
1942 - 1945Flight Lieutenant with the Royal Australian Air Force
1949Assistant Manager of Australian Iron and Steel Ltd
1951Assistant Manager of BHP in Newcastle, New South Wales
1952 - 1956Manager of BHP in Newcastle
1956 - 1963Assistant General Manager of BHP in Newcastle
1963 - 1967General Manager of Operations at BHP
1967 - 1970Executive General Manager Operations
1970 - 1981Chairman of the Metric Conversion Board
1972 - 1975Deputy Chancellor of La Trobe University in Bundoora, Victoria
1976 - 1981Chairman of the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission)
1976 - 1981Chairman of the Pipeline Authority
1982Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

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