Vale Sir Arvi Parbo AC HonFAusIMM
AusIMM expresses our condolences to the family, friends and many colleagues of Sir Arvi Parbo, who passed away on May 1 2019.
Sir Arvi’s remarkable career spanned the second half of the twentieth century and took him from post-war Germany to the start of a new millennium in Australia. Prime Minister John Howard once said of him: ‘Nobody understands and knows more about the mining industry in this country than Arvi Parbo.’
Alongside his many leadership roles in industry, Sir Arvi was also deeply involved with AusIMM. He joined the Institute as a student member in 1954, and served on the AusIMM Council (precursor to the Board) from 1974-79 and as Vice President from 1979-82.
He served as AusIMM President in 1990 and employed his people-focused leadership style during his tenure. He wanted to meet as many members as possible, and visited an extraordinary 37 out of 38 AusIMM Branches (Bougainville being inactive at the time).
Sir Arvi was awarded the AusIMM Medal, the Institute’s highest honour, in 1983 and was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Institute in 1997.
Sir Arvi was a visionary and true legend of the Australian mining industry, and will be profoundly missed.