Sir Arvi Parbo: the life and career of an Aussie mining legend

In May the Australian mining sector mourned the passing of Sir Arvi Parbo, a titan of industry who started at the bottom as an Estonian immigrant after the Second World War and eventually sat as chairman of some of the country’s largest mining firms. What have been the major career milestones of a man described as “a lifelong pillar of Australian mining”?

On 1 May, Australia mourned the loss of one of its most prominent business leaders, after the death of Sir Arvi Parbo in Melbourne at the age of 93. Parbo fled his native Estonia before Soviet forces occupied the country in the final days of the Second World War, immigrating to Australia in 1949.

Over the following decades, Parbo learned the ropes of the Australian mining industry and rose up the ranks of some of the country’s most prominent resource firms, becoming a towering yet unassuming presence in the sector.

Below are some of the major milestones in the life and career of Sir Arvi Parbo, a man described by Minerals Council of Australia chief executive Tania Constable as “not only a lifelong pillar of Australian mining but one of the people who created Australia as a prosperous economy and free society”.

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