Parbo, Sir Arvi, Papers

Finding Aid


IHRC Archives

Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1978-2003
Abstract: Autobiographical materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings.
Quantity: 2 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3603


Collection acquired from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A., Lakewood, New Jersey, in 2003-2005. It was processed in May 2013 by Peeter Väljas and Aet Tran-Tõnissoo of the National Archives of Estonia in Tallinn, working with IHRC Archivist Daniel Necas.


Studied in Loodna basic school (Lääne county, Estonia), then in Gustav Adolf Gymnasium, 1944 escaped to Germany, in the DP camp attended the Lübeck Estonian Gymnasium and after attending the Clausthal Mining Academy in Germany from 1946 to 1948 he migrated to Australia in 1949. He graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1955. Worked in Western Mining Corporation (WMC Ltd.) 1956 - 1999 ( Underground Surveyor, Underground Manager, Technical Assistant to the Managing Director, Deputy General Superintendent, General Manager, Director, Deputy Managing Director, Managing Director, Chairman and Managing Director, Executive Chairman). Parbo was also Chairman of Alcoa of Australia , Chairman of Munich Reinsurance Company of Australia, Chairman of Zurich Australian Insurance group, Director of the Aluminium Company of America, Hoechst Australian Investments, Chase AMP Bank and Sara Lee Corporation, Director and chairman of the Broken Hill Proprietary Company, chairman of Egon Zehnder Global Corporate Governance Advisory Board, chairman of the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Energy and Mining Advisory Group Organizations: Australia-Japan Business Co-operative Committee (president); Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (president); Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (president) Awards: In the 1978, Arvi Parbo was knighted (Knight Bachelor). In 1993 - Companion of the Order of Australia, 2005 - Estonian Order of the White Star, 2th Class Honorary Doctor of Deakin University (1989), Monash University (1989), Curtin University of Technology (1989), Flinders University (1991), Central Queensland University (2000), University of Sydney (2000)



Archive consists of 8 folders.


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The Parbo, Sir Arvi Papers, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. CV, autobiographical sketch and other personal data 1979-1993
"A refugee in Germany" by A. Parbo : contribution to book "Impressions of Germany"; biographical details of Sir Arvi Parbo AC – Chairman of the Western Mining Corporation Holdings Ltd.; press release by the Embassy of Japan in Canberra: "Japan honours leadin Australian" etc.
FOLDER 2. Texts of presentations, speeches and orations by A. Parbo 1991-1995
FOLDER 3. Texts of presentations, speeches and orations by A. Parbo 1996-2003
FOLDER 4. Extracts with scholarly works by A. Parbo 1990s
FOLDER 5. Clippings and photocopies of articles about A. Parbo 1978-2003
FOLDER 6. Correspondence with the representatives of the National Australia Day Council, the Estonian Archives in the USA and others (photocopies) 1990-1993
FOLDER 7. Photocopies of letters by O. Talmet to H. Taremäe and extracts from book "Välgumärgi kasvandikud" by A. Tinits 1980s
memoirs about the II WW: Air Defence Auxiliary Corps, POW and DP camps in Germany (A. Parbo mentioned)
FOLDER 8. Photocopies and extracts of scholarly works by A. Kellow, P. Moore and others about the mining industry and climate change 1997